Why do Liverpool fans boo the England national anthem?

first_imgIf you tuned into the Community Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester City in August, chances are you heard a large chorus of boos ringing from the Red half of Wembley during ‘God Save the Queen’.Jeers and whistles rounded out loudly from Liverpool fans while the English national anthem was played before the match.On social media, spectators dismissed the reaction by Liverpool supporters as disrespectful as fans are expected to be standing while the anthem is played, with others left confused as to why the anthem was being met with such negative reception from the Merseysiders. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? But why do Liverpool supporters boo the national anthem? Goal takes a look.There are a multitude of reasons as to why Liverpool fans – and Liverpudlians in general – choose not to associate themselves with the English national anthem and what it stands for. Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!A flag baring the words ‘Scouse not English’ pops up regularly at Anfield, and it perhaps does the best to epitomise the sort of struggles that Liverpool natives feel in regard to patriotism and nationalism.A huge part of Liverpudlians feeling ‘othered’ on English soil comes from the treatment of Conservative-led governments dating back several decades. Having never truly felt the support of their government, people from Liverpool identify less as English and more as their own Scouse entity.Liverpool fansThis was especially prevalent in the 1980s during the reign of Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher, as her and her party were indifferent to the industrial decline of Merseyside.It led to severe and unemployment and poverty within the city, with the government largely unwilling to aid, and even cutting its public services.The city had played a key role in World War II, but after the war ended, Liverpool was hit with economic hardship as the trade at their ports – which were once dominating the industry – had slowed down.In 2011, official papers revealed that Margaret Thatcher was indeed secretly urged to consider abandoning Liverpool to a fate of “managed decline”.“In plain English that meant withdrawing resources from the region so that residents would be forced to leave,” states the Independent. “Effectively starving them out.”Files released under the 30-year rule showed senior Tory ministers urging her not to spend public money on the “stony ground” of Merseyside, with former prime minister’s Chancellor Sir Geoffrey Howe said it would be like “trying to make water flow uphill”.The reports affirmed what those in Liverpool had already been sure of for a while – that their region did not have the backing of the government, and that it was never a priority.Liverpool as a city has changed drastically since the 1980s, still retaining its status as a crucial sporting and cultural hub, but its citizens’ disregard and resentment towards a government who had never supported them still remains.Margaret ThatcherAnd so, the resentment has developed an “us against them” mentality amongst directed at the Conservatives in power, which is still strong.Moreover, Liverpool is famously a town of immigrants, with many of its residents not even considering themselves English. Its ports have attracted people internationally, and it is home to one of England’s oldest African and Chinese communities.The effects of the Irish famine also greatly impacted Merseyside, as a grand influx of the Irish population fled their homeland to migrate to Liverpool. As a result, Liverpool has a strong Irish identity, and yet Irish people had been made to feel ‘othered’ in their new home by other English people.There is also the matter of the handling of the Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath.Former Conservative MP Irvine Patnick had a strong role in spreading the gross untruths and lies about the Liverpool supporters involved in the 1989 tragedy.While current MP Boris Johnson was editor of The Spectator in 2004, an article written by Simon Heffer spoke of the ‘victim’ mentality of the people of Liverpool.”A combination of economic misfortune — its docks were, fundamentally, on the wrong side of England when Britain entered what is now the European Union — and an excessive predilection for welfarism have created a peculiar, and deeply unattractive, psyche among many Liverpudlians,” wrote Heffer.”They see themselves whenever possible as victims, and resent their victim status; yet at the same time they wallow in it.”He also referred to the grave mishandling of the police as a scapegoat.PM refuses my request for him to apologise for his Spectator editorial repeating #Hillsborough untruths, accusing Liverpool people of wallowing in self pity. Bluster in response #NotMyPrimeMinister pic.twitter.com/KWi5HlP2Gr — Maria Eagle MP (@meaglemp) July 25, 2019 Johnson had also recently refused to apologise for the piece that was published under his time as editor in Parliament when Liverpool MP Maria Eagle requested him to – instead glossing over the issue without responding.And so, it’s not entirely surprising as to why Liverpool fans feel so strongly about singing the national anthem, as they feel that in doing so, they show to support to a monarchy and regime that had never really shown them any support to begin with. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Mickelson finishes off a 5th win at Pebble Beach

first_img PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Phil Mickelson is closing in on three decades on the PGA Tour and a half-century on Earth, and he still feels his best golf is good enough.He was at his best at Pebble Beach, and no one had a chance.A Monday finish brought on by rain and a freak hail storm was only a minor inconvenience for the 48-year-old Mickelson. He played two holes just as well as the previous 16 and polished off his bogey-free final round with one last birdie for a 7-under 65 and a three-shot victory over Paul Casey in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Mickelson won at Pebble Beach for the fifth time, matching the record set by Mark O’Meara. He has gone 28 years since his first PGA Tour victory and his 44th, and he joined Tiger Woods as the only players to surpass $90 million in career earnings.“It’s a lot more work and effort to play at this level,” Mickelson said. “And I have believed for some time that if I play at my best, it will be good enough to win tournaments. The challenge is getting myself to play my best. It’s a lot more work off the course, it’s more time in the gym, it’s more time eating, it’s more time focusing, it’s all these things that go into it. He also won the Pro-Am with Don Colleran, the chief sales officer for FedEx.But the final day, and all week, was about the ageless Mickelson.This was the fourth time that Casey had a 54-hole lead of at least two shots on the PGA Tour and failed to win. The other three times he was 2-over par or worse in the final round. This time, he closed with a 71 and lost to Mickelson’s 65, which matched the low score of the final round.“A phenomenal round of golf,” Casey said.Mickelson’s longest putt for par was 4 feet. He played the final 26 holes in cold, damp and windy weather without a bogey.How it bodes for the rest of the year — particularly in June when the U.S. Open returns to Pebble Beach — was of little concern to Mickelson. The U.S. Open remains the final piece of the career Grand Slam for Mickelson, who already holds the record with six runner-up finishes. He finished three shots behind Graeme McDowell in 2010, the last U.S. Open at Pebble.And while the fairway lines already have been cut much tighter at Pebble, the conditions were so soft that balls plugged in the fairway when they landed and greens easily held shots even from the rough. By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Subscribe Today 2 Photos Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: February 11, 2019, 3:02pm Phil Mickelson hits from the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links during the final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. Mickelson won the tournament after finishing at 19-under-par. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) Photo Gallery The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Share: Share: By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. “It’s nothing like the course we’ll see,” Mickelson said. “I’ll deal with that in six months.”Mickelson lives for the moment. He says he had as much fun winning at Pebble Beach as when he finished one shot behind in the Desert Classic three weeks ago.It’s the thrill of competition. And even at 48, that never gets old. “And so it’s gratifying to see the results and to finish it off the way I did.”Making it even more special is Pebble Beach, where he made his pro debut at the U.S. Open in 1992, where he won the first of his five titles in another Monday finish in 1998, this one in August because of rain. It’s where his grandfather, Al Santos, was among the first caddies when the course opened in 1919, and Mickelson still uses as a marker the 1900 silver dollar his grandfather kept in his pocket to remind him he was not poor.There was plenty of sunlight for the Monday morning finish, just no drama.Mickelson, who started the final round three shots behind, never came close to a bogey and built a three-shot lead through 16 holes on Sunday night when it was too dark to finish, no matter how hard he lobbied to keep going.The final round Sunday had been delayed at the start by one hour because of rain, and then sunshine quickly gave way to hail that covered the greens in a sheet of white and led to a two-hour delay. Mickelson finishes off a 5th win at Pebble Beach PGA tournament had Monday finish due to weather Mickelson said he could “see just fine” even after sunset, knowing darkness falls quickly on the Monterey Peninsula. Casey could barely see the 3 feet of grass between his ball and the cup on the 16th hole and said there was no way to complete two holes in six minutes. Mickelson was on the 17th tee, shaking his head when he heard the siren to stop play.On Monday morning, he had a change of heart and said he thanked Casey for standing his ground.“Paul made the tough call, but it was the right decision in that he protected himself and myself for the competition,” Mickelson said. “I just get in my own little bubble and I don’t see the big picture.”It worked out well in the end.Mickelson finished at 19-under 268. Casey needed Mickelson to make a big blunder on the two closing holes, and there was little chance of that. Casey at least birdied the 18th for a 71 to finish alone in second, the difference of $152,000. GOlast_img read more