Aussies Fume After State Of Origin Fans Cheer During Remembrance Day Moment Of Silence
Shortly before the State of Origin decider kicked off last night in Sydney, the stadium fell silent for Remembrance Day.
Well, nearly silent.
As per tradition, a minute's silence is held at events on November 11 and the Last Post is played. At the State of Origin match, General Sir Peter Cosgrove read the Ode of Remembrance to recognise the sacrifice made during wars Australia has participated in.
While the Last Post and minute's silence were observed at ANZ Stadium, there were some people who used the silence to cheer and jeer from their seats.
The noise was loud enough that people watching the game back at home could hear it and many took to social media to vent their frustration and outrage over such a lack of respect.
Too bad the supporters couldn't shut up for a minute https://t.co/BDLTA6102F- Bek :rose: (@Redandblack91) November 11, 2020
One person said: "Wow. That was absolute disrespect. Is it that hard to pay your respects in silence? Blood boiling."
Another added: "People yelling in the silence after the last post? Get right in the bin."
A third wrote: "Way to ruin the 1 minute silence you bogan d***heads."
Following that, there were several NRL players who didn't sing the national anthem, which has been a hotly contested issue in recent years.
Ugh the idiots who think it's hilarious and fun to yell out during a minutes silence! #stateoforigin- Nat :tiger: (@Natsky1988) November 11, 2020
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The same idiots who didn't shut up during the last post were probably the same ones telling indigenous Australians that they're disrespectful by not singing the anthem. #stateoforigin- Mark Gottlieb (@MarkGottlieb) November 11, 2020
According to News Corp, Queensland centre Dane Gagai and NSW stars Cody Walker, Josh Addo-Carr, Jack Wighton and Payne Haas all remained silent as 'Advance Australia Fair' was played.
Because the anthem has been an issue with some players, the NRL wasn't going to play it during this year's Origin series. However, following a massive public backlash, the decision was reversed.
There was even an outcry from Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who said the anthem should be played to unite the country during what has been a difficult year.
Those who care more about the match will note that New South Wales obliterated Queensland in Game 2 and won 34-10. The third and final Origin match will now decide whether the shield goes to NSW or Queensland.
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