Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool fans that he does not want to hear any more homophobic chants, calling those who attacked Norwich player Billy Gilmour “idiots.”
On Saturday, Liverpool triumphed 3-0 at Carrow Road in their first Premier League game of the season, but the win was tarnished by shouts directed at Gilmour, who is on loan from Chelsea.
No To Homophobic Chanting Fans
Away section shouts of “Chelsea rent kid” could be heard, prompting Liverpool to denounce the chants after the game, calling them “offensive and unacceptable.”
On Thursday, Klopp met with Paul Amann, the founder of Liverpool LGBT+ fans organization Kop Outs, to voice his displeasure with the abuse and to urge fans to refrain from using such chants.
“I never understand why you would sing a song at a football stadium if it was against something,” Klopp remarked in an interview with Liverpool’s official Twitter account.
“I never understood that. It was never one of my favorites. In our case, we have perhaps the world’s greatest songbook.
“It’s simple to decide to stop singing the tune. So, because this is no longer our song, we can decide. I’m not sure if people would listen to me, but it would be great.
“For a variety of reasons, I don’t want to hear it any more. We clearly live in a period where we are always learning new things.
“Now that I’m 54, I remember saying a lot of things that we didn’t think about when we were 20. In the meanwhile, thank God we realized 34 years later that it’s simply not appropriate to say.”
Klopp further said that such shouts do neither assist him or the players on the field in doing their jobs, and that those who chanted at Gilmour did not impress him.
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