Tonight’s international football friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland has got off to a rather unsavoury start as the anthem, God Save The Queen, was widely booed by the crowd in the Aviva Stadium.
Of course, fixtures between these sides are always going to carry that extra bit of edge and potential for animosity between both sets of supporters but the reaction to the booing has not gone down well on social media.
With it being 2018 and with the superb matchday programme showing John Giles and George Best with their arms around each other, you may be forgiven for thinking that some respect would be shown between both sets of supporters.
— Oisin McQueirns (@McQueirns) November 15, 2018
However, that was not the case as the Northern Ireland anthem was widely booed.
Check it out below for yourself.
— Shane Hannon (@ShaneHannon01) November 15, 2018
How can the Irish rugby fans respect God Save The Queen when England play at the Aviva but the football fans show no respect whatsoever!?!
— Matthew Jennings (@matty_j_dcc) November 15, 2018
Disgusting to boo and jeer any national anthem, stand in silence an respect each other. Who we kidding the bitterness is well and kicking, bad when sky has to turn the volume down because off the noise when God save the queen is played.
— 𝔹𝕖𝕒𝕟𝕖𝕪 ★ (@Beaney1872) November 15, 2018
Disgusted with the intensive booing of God Save the Queen for Northern Ireland at #IREvNI . We're better than that and it wasn't even retaliation as it was the first anthem. Move on! Set a positive example! #COYBIG
— Andrew Kavanagh (@Andy_Kavanagh) November 15, 2018
Whatever our political differences, national anthems should always be respected – proudly remember the reception for God Save The Queen in Croke Park in 2007.
— PolyglotPaul (@PolyglotPaul) November 15, 2018
Audible booing of God Save the Queen by ROI fans. Classy way to treat visitors eh.
— Ben McCabe (@bernardmccabe) November 15, 2018
God save the queen went down well in the Aviva…
— Matthew Lysaght (@MatthewLysaght) November 15, 2018