I believe NFL players are "taking a knee" in opposition to the American national anthem, in so much they feel it is not representative of everything they have been through since the civil rights movement in the 60s and before that.
Much the same can be said for the cliftonville stance. The presumptuous and condescending words of "God save the Queen", are not representative of their community.
By the by, "God save the Queen" was the original national anthem for all countries who adopted the tune for their nation, before separate lines and melodies were written.
Another by the by, Northern Ireland has no anthem, it is the English anthem, so I can see where cliftonville players are coming from, I wouldn't be (and can safely say everyone on this board) would not feel comfortable standing for an anthem that does not represent them. Similarly, Scotland has not got an "official" anthem, it's an old folk song adopted as the anthem and the Wales' anthem is an old air that was only officially used from 1975 onwards when they previously used to sing "Good save the prince of Wales" (Jesus wept).
So if Northern Ireland feels it really is a part of the UK and separate nation of it's own within the realm, then perhaps an all inclusive national anthem would better serve them to avoid such conflicts. Or just join the republic, and if they did we would certainly have to be open to a new anthem and flag.
I 100% agree, sport and politics should never mix, and national anthems at club events are pointless. But they invariably sport and politics do mix and have so since organised sporting events began to formally take place 150 or so years ago.
We can all agree Big Roy is a dose and is back on the sauce though. No?
I believe Mike you should be blamed for mentioning Roy Carroll's behaviour for setting off the misdirection of this thread
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