Atlético Madrid ultras boo Liverpool players taking the knee 1 month ago

Atlético Madrid ultras boo Liverpool players taking the knee

Really disappointing to hear

The opening minutes of Liverpool's Champions League game against Atlético Madrid were overshadowed by a large section of the home supporters booing the Liverpool players taking the knee.

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According to the Spanish Football Podcast, it was mostly the Atlético ultras, stood behind the goal, who were responsible for the booing, however the jeers sounded a lot louder than a minority of the fans at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Atléti's ultras - often referred to as 'Ultras Sur' - are known to have right wing views and their protest of the taking the knee gesture was disappointing to hear on what should be a night of top class entertainment.

To make matters worse, two Atleti players, Kieran Trippier and Yannick Carrasco, also took the knee to spread the awareness of the anti-racism message that has become prominent in large parts of football.

Liverpool however soon silenced the home supporters after racing into a 2-0 lead before 20 minutes had passed.

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Mohamed Salah looked to have given Jurgen Klopp's side the lead after his low-driven effort nestled into the bottom corner, but questions have been asked whether James Milner actually got the final touch, and replays show that the latter has a good argument to claim it was his.

Guinea international Naby Keita then doubled the Reds' (or Yellows in tonight's case) advantage with a thunderous volley which Jan Oblak had no chance of keeping out.

Antoine Griezmann then pulled one back for the hosts with a close-range finish. At the time of publication, Liverpool lead 2-1.

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