Jurgen Klopp requests Liverpool fans to ditch ‘vile’ homophobic chant

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Jurgen Klopp requests Liverpool fans to ditch ‘vile’ homophobic chant

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has asked fans to stop singing a popular homophobic chant in the terraces after debate at Norwich City on Saturday.

The Reds’ 3-0 Premier League opener victory at Carrow Road was marred by songs of ‘Chelsea rent boy’ from the away end.

Klopp lately met Paul Amann, founder of Kop Outs, to address and try to put an end to homophobic chanting among Liverpool supporters.

Kop Outs is a club-backed fan group formed in 2016 to provide a voice and raise awareness for LGBT+ supporters, as well as prioritising their needs and challenges.

In line with Red Together, the Liverpool manager invited Amann to the AXA Training Centre to paint the impact of the ‘rent boy’ chant and why fans must stop singing it.

Amann labeled the chant as ‘vile’ and emphasized how it makes LGBT+ fans feel left out in the cold, particularly considering the club’s motto is You’ll Never Walk Alone.

Homophobic chanting mars Liverpool win against Norwich City in Premier  League
Homophobic chanting mars Liverpool win against Norwich City in Premier League

As part of the conversation, Klopp issued a strong, lengthy statement to elucidate that he only wants to hear chants that help the team going forward.

He said: “I never understand why you would sing a song that is against something in a football stadium.

“I never got that. I never liked it, and I don’t like this. Especially in our case, we have probably the best songbook in the world.

“I think it’s easy to decide not to sing the song anymore. Obviously, meanwhile, I heard it.

“It’s from no perspective the nicest song in the world, so it’s not necessary. It obviously makes people uncomfortable of our own fan group.


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“For our supporters’ group and for me, that means: done, let’s go for another one. I really think it’s an easy decision and should be an easy decision.

“I can imagine now that people out there think now, ‘Come on, it’s only winding them up’ and stuff like this. But that’s the problem: most of the time we don’t understand.

“[It upsets our own fans rather than winding up the player], definitely. So, we can decide now: this is not our song anymore.

“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.

“Obviously, we live in a time where we learn a lot in the moment. I’m 54 now, and when I was 20, we said so many things which we didn’t think about.

“Meanwhile, thank God, 34 years later, we learn it’s just not right to say, even when you didn’t think what other people think is behind the message. But it’s still not right, and that’s how we should see that as well.

“From a player or coach perspective, I can say these songs don’t help us as well. It’s like a little bit of a waste of time. It’s definitely a waste of time because we don’t listen.

“I hear in the stadium when they start singing Bobby Firmino, Mo Salah, You’ll Never Walk Alone obviously, all this kind of stuff. That gives you goosebumps, that gives you a push.

“The other songs are a complete waste of time. If you think what you sing: you are an idiot.

“If you don’t think about what you sang in that situation: it’s just a waste of time, forget it and go for another song.”

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