Liverpool fans booing the national anthem should be 'ashamed of themselves' says Peter Shilton

The England legend said the cup final was the wrong place and the wrong time to make a statement

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England legend Peter Shilton has slammed Liverpool fans that booed the national anthem being played before the FA Cup final.

Some Reds supporters controversially jeered as ‘God Save The Queen’ was sung and as William, the president of the Football Association, was presented to players prior to Saturday’s showpiece against Chelsea at Wembley.

There was also booing from Liverpool fans as ‘Abide With Me’, the cup final’s traditional hymn, was sung.

And Shilton, who won 125 caps for England, said the display was in the "wrong place at the wrong time".

Peter Shilton
Peter Shilton

He told GB News: "It was terrible, it's the national anthem of the country, Prince William is there and supports a lot of charities.

"It was the wrong time and the wrong place to make that as they did.

"When I was associated with playing you'd go to Anfield and the place was superb and if they did give you a bit of stick there was always a nice sense of humour to it."

He added: "I think Jurgen Klopp, he is German, he's not been brought up as I have, he said he was disappointed but he tried to say he supports the Liverpool fans but i think he was wrong in that.

Peter Tatchell
Peter Tatchell

"Let's have a little bit of respect sometimes. "Don't use an occasion like that. They should be ashamed."

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell argued people have a right to applaud or cheer the national anthem.

The booing has been condemned by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Asked whether the Prime Minister thought there was ever a reason to boo the national anthem, his official spokesman said: “No. Obviously the events over the weekend, it was a great shame that as we were marking 150 years of the FA Cup, an event that brings people together, that a small minority chose to act in that way.”

Liverpool won the cup on penalties after the match with Chelseaended goalless after extra-time.