Today the blues don’t want to be the first. It was only 76 days ago that the Chelsea fans quickly left their half of the Wembleystadions after the League Cup final was decided with an 11:10 in penalty shooting for Liverpool. The appendix of the Reds celebrated and only moved back to the Wembley Park underground station in Stewards and a few police officers.
There was now no strict fan separation on arrival and departure at the FA Cup final, although fanzones are set up near the arena. But if you don’t travel there directly, you come from all corners of downtown London, the football fans are involuntarily mixing hours before the kick -off. After a practically trouble-free Ligapokal thriller, there had been increasing complaints about sayings and chants with which a notorious minority of Chelsea fans once again mocked the victims of the Hillsborough stadium disaster. 97 Liverpool fans died through this tragedy in the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989.
When Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said in the press conference for today’s final, his team assumed the role of the “Bad Guys” because the sympathies in the country mostly belonged to Liverpool, he certainly did not have the assessment of fan behavior in mind. Rather, Chelseas soon brings suspicion. Under the impression of the Russian attack on Ukraine, the aversion increased after the majority of those interested in football had no longer really shrewd the ownership of the quite attractive and successful club from the London southwest.
With all the enthusiasm for Liverpool’s football and his coach Jürgen Klopp, whom fans of other clubs also appreciate very much – an Everybody’s Darling is certainly not in the United Kingdom, even if Pep Guardiola also a few days ago with a view of the close title race with Manchester City claimed. The “Liverpudlians” do not attach any importance to it. “Scouse not English” is her attitude. The people of the Merseyside, the “Scouser” with their own resistant and humorous nature, the Irish influence and its special dialect, are usually at least critically opposed to the south and the rulers from there. This time the red half in the stadium will not make friends in the country again if a large part of them whipped onto the national anthem at “God Save the Queen”.
Prince William, fan of Aston Villa and representative of the English Football Association (Football Association) does not have to take this personally. In 1914 King George V gave himself the most high-ranking member of the royal family for the first time at the FA Cup final. It is said that the regent advisors had recognized a declining affection from the people at the time. His presence at the final in Crystal Palace should make more closeness again. For Liverpool it was the first final in the oldest cup competition in the world. It was lost with 0-1 against Burnley. The term fan separation was not yet common at the time. Visitors from the northwest of England have probably returned in the same trains.