Why Scousers don't support England - Paddy 'the Baddy' Pimblett hits the nail on the head
Liverpool fans have still gone out to Doha, though some may be left wondering at the lack of a notable Scouse presence
Despite what talkSPORT would have you believe, there’s not a massive Liverpool presence at the Qatar World Cup.
By that, we specifically mean a SCOUSE presence in Doha.
The answer is (or should be) obvious to all who follow the club and are aware of the ongoing conflict between the city of Liverpool and opposition fans.
As Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett rightly pointed out on the Pub Talk Podcast (via a tweet from Sports Joe), Scousers have regularly - at a particularly alarming rate during the current campaign - been subjected to vile abuse home and away.
We can’t put an exact number on the proportion of England fans who have/are travelled to Qatar to support Gareth Southgate’s men who have also been involved in such despicable behaviour.
Still, even if only a minority, the question has to be asked as to why should Scousers actively support the national side when there’s a near total lack of willingness to support the city and actively denounce chants making light of a stadium disaster and poverty?
These are very serious and sensitive issues being discussed, issues that continue to remain raw for the inhabitants of the city of Liverpool - partly due to the lack of unity shown by many across the country when coming into contact with such topics.
The national governing body and clubs across the country should shoulder a good proportion of the blame too, of course.
Why on earth did it take until early November for the FA to step in and release a statement expressing their concern over the ‘rise of abhorrent chants’?
Why on earth was there so much in the way of uhming and ahhing from Manchester City’s end over an investigation when multiple fan accounts present made clear they were witness to vile Hillsborough chants at the time?
It’s stating the obvious but there’s NO GRAY LINE here.
Supporters unlawfully killed at a football game aren’t fair game for fan chants.
Poverty isn’t fair game for fan chants.
It’s astounding we have to keep putting this in black and white for the modern day fan but, at the very least, it should serve to explain why local Liverpool fans don’t feel an affinity for the national side.
Judging by the state of things - that reality won’t change any time soon.
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I can't understand why any scouser would bother, they are ridiculed by all ignorants, who obviously they haven't had the ordeal of losing a family member or very close friend. At a game of football. Then loathed for standing up for justice, because a tory government tried to brush it under the carpet. As I said, I can't understand why a scouser go out there, they can't exactly have a piss up can they