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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp condemns homophobic chanting in wake of Norwich match

Norwich player Billy Gilmour was subjected to the chant during their game against Liverpool.

By Alastair James

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Wiki

The Liverpool Football Club manager, Jurgen Klopp, has condemned the homophobic chanting of Liverpool supporters at the Norwich player, Billy Gilmour, during a game last weekend.

During Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Norwich on Saturday (14 August), fans chanted an offensive song at the Scottish player, who was making his debut for Norwich whilst on-loan from Chelsea.

The chants have already been criticised as offensive by Liverpool, as well as Paul Amann, the founder of the club’s LGBTQ fan base, Kop Outs.

“I don’t want to hear it anymore”

Gilmour was called a ‘Chelsea rent boy’ – a remark commonly targeted at Chelsea players by rival club fans.

In a sit-down conversation with Amann, released on the Liverpool team’s social media, Klopp questioned why that kind of song would be sung.

“I never understand that, why you would sing a song that is against something in a football stadium. I never got that and I never liked it and I don’t like this. In our case, we have probably the best songbook in the world.”

Klopp also said he would like people not to sing it anymore, but added, “I’m not sure if people listen to me but it would be nice. I don’t want to hear it anymore for so many reasons.”

Earlier in the week, when speaking to Sky Sports, Amann had said it was “deeply disappointing” to hear fellow Liverpool fans engaging in such a horrendous chant. “You’ll Never Walk Alone is an amazing anthem but to hear some of our own fans chanting in a way which leaves us feeling very alone is not on,” he told the broadcaster.

After the chants were initially called out by Kop Outs, their criticism was echoed by the Liverpool FC Twitter account, who described the chant as “offensive and inappropriate”, and urged fans to be inclusive.

The Kop Outs’ tweet also referenced a 2019 statement by campaign group Kick It Out which states: “The ‘rent boy’ chant has been directed at Chelsea for years, with little action taken by the FA or Police – and that must not continue.

“We are absolutely clear: the chant is homophobic and must be treated as such.”

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