Premier League ask all clubs to play national anthem next week for King's coronation sparking fears of fan backlash | The Sun

THE PREMIER LEAGUE have asked clubs to play the national anthem on the weekend of the King's coronation.

The ten games in matchweek 35 have been scheduled to avoid clashing with next Saturday's ceremony.

And in a gesture of support for the new monarch, the Daily Mail report the Premier League contacted the ten home teams to strongly suggest a series of moves to mark the occasion.

That includes playing God Save The King as players stand around the centre circle.

Clubs are also being encouraged to display the official portrait of the King and The Queen Consort and the Coronation Logo on the big screens and on social media and an article in the matchday programmes.

It is said the majority of the home clubs have agreed to play the song.


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However,some fans have been known to boo the anthem in the past.

And it could put clubs in a difficult position as they would likely face criticism if they did not play it or if it was met with jeers inside the stadium.

BT Sport's Premier League slot is usually at 12.30pm on Saturday lunchtimes.

But the coronation taking place in London at 11am means Manchester United's away trip to West Ham was rescheduled for Sunday at 7pm.

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The five matches on the day of the historic event are Bournemouth vs Chelsea, Manchester City vs Leeds, Tottenham vs Crystal Palace and Wolves vs Aston Villa,all at 3pm, followed by Liverpool vs Brentford at 5.30pm on Sky Sports.

City's home clash with Leeds on Sky will see the 3pm TV blackout broken due to a combination of the coronation, police resources, the Champions League semi-final and even Eurovision.

And Chelsea fans will have an extra reason to tune in to the King's coronation.

That is because WSL superstar Sam Kerr will be the official flag bearer for Australia at Westminster Abbey.

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