liverpool will play the national anthem in front of them Premier League Saturday’s fixture against Brentford to mark the coronation of King Charles III.
The Premier League sent an email last Friday saying they “strongly recommend all clubs” mark the coronation of King Charles III with a “suggested activism”, which Liverpool felt was their There is no option left but to get in the pass line.
The Anfield club have decided to play ‘God Save the King’ before their 5.30pm match with Brentford, with the players gathering around the center circle, despite vocal protests from supporters’ groups in a general republican spirit. are ready for.
Liverpool’s view is that they would otherwise be criticized for being the only club to “disrespect” the occasion, and that it would be better left to personal choice as to how each fan reacts. There is also a feeling within the club that the language used in the Premier League’s message requested compliance.
Meanwhile the Premier League is insisting it was not an order or a mandate, and it was still down to individual clubs what they choose to do.
One argument is that the general national climate would mean that every club had a choice of what to do, even if they had not sent out a circular, which would have faced Liverpool with the same choice. As a result the Premier League felt it was better to suggest possible activities.
The Premier League’s suggestions, in consultation with the DCMS, include playing the national anthem before kick-off, with players and match officials lined up in the center circle.
Large screens in stadiums may also show the official coronation portrait of the king and queen consort.
Clubs may also include a text in their matchday programs to mark the occasion.
Liverpool feel there is a stark difference in tone between “suggesting” and “strongly suggesting”. One counter-argument has been that this would just lead to a mass demonstration of discontent that would go global, which could run against the Premier League’s marketing objectives.