Is this the REAL reason fans booed the State of Origin minute of silence? Sydney spectators blame a Queensland supporter for ‘disgraceful’ act on Remembrance Day
- New South Wales and Queensland battled it out at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday
- A commemorative service was held before the kick off for Remembrance Day
- Sydney fans interrupted the minute of silence and The Last Post by booing
- Football fans flocked to Twitter to slam those responsible as ‘disrespectful’
- Others have spoken out claiming fans were not disrespecting servicemen
- They claim the noise was a reaction to a rowdy Queenslander in the crowd
A rowdy Queenslander has been blamed for sparking the chorus of boos which marred the Remembrance Day ceremony before State of Origin II in Sydney.
The filthy cane toad reportedly tried to start a fight during the Last Post and minute silence at ANZ stadium on Wednesday night.
Fans at the ground, who were resoundingly slammed for booing and jeering during the commemorative service, say they were actually condemning the Queensland supporter.
The Maroon hooligan was eventually escorted screaming from the stadium by police before kickoff.
Sydney fans have sparked outraged after booing during the Remembrance Day minute of silence (pictured) at State of Origin Game 2
‘Just to give context. One QLD fan was screaming and trying to start a fight during The Last Post, that’s when police came to remove him. The crowd around him decided to boo him for what he did. But of course it was loud, no disrespect was meant by it. Just wrong timing,’ one fan wrote on Twitter.
‘For everyone wondering what the uproar during the minute of silence at last night’s Origin was about, there was a bogan Queenslander booing which saw him get escorted out by police,’ wrote another.
Another woman, who claimed she was in the Blatchys Blues section of the stadium, said the booing had nothing to do with The Last Post being played.
‘A man was being removed, that was the booing, it had nothing to do with The Last Post being played.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the NRL and NSW Police for comment.
Silence fell on the stadium before kick-off ahead of the series 2 clash between New South Wales and Queensland on Wednesday night.
Corporal John Byrne played The Last Post to commemorate the lives lost in the First World War – a ritual held annually on November 11.
But halfway through the tribute cheers and jeers echoed through the stadium.
Some spectators have now spoken out, claiming supporters were not being disrespectful towards servicemen and servicewomen
Halfway through the Ode of Remembrance, the tribute to servicemen and servicewomen was tainted by the jeers of some spectators in the grandstand
Viewers at home flocked to Twitter to slam those responsible for their ‘disrespectful behaviour’.
‘Wow. That was absolute disrespect. Is it that hard to pay your respects in silence? Blood boiling,’ one woman wrote.
Another added: ‘Do people seriously not know how to stay silent for a couple of minutes?’
‘Do these animals not understand what a ”minute silence’ is? F**k sake” a third post read.
Along with the boos, other fans broke out into an early applause during The Last Post, unaware the song had not finished.
The national anthem also drew division, with some players refusing to sing in protest, including Queensland centre Dane Gagai and NSW stars Cody Walker, Josh Addo-Carr, Jack Wighton and Payne Haas.
Queensland drew first blood with a freakish try to 19-year-old winger Xavier Coates.
But it was all Blues from that point onward with first-half tries to Cody Walker, James Tedesco and Josh Addo-Carr.
Meanwhile, the Maroons desperately missed Cameron Munster, who was replaced by Ben Hunt at five-eighth after a nasty head-knock.
They started the game well when Daly Cherry-Evans helped an acrobatic Coates cross with a bullet cut-out pass.
But they lacked spark and struggled for field possession after the first 15 minutes, with Josh Papalii scoring their only other try – again from a Cherry-Evans pass.
NSW finished the game as 34-10 winners, and will fly to Brisbane for the deciding game in the series next week.
Spectators at home slammed the fans who booed for showing an ‘absolute lack of respect’ (Blues team pictured during anthem)
Blues fans watch the match from the stands during game two of the 2020 State of Origin series
Earlier on Wednesday NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was in no mood for the traditional interstate friendly rivalry about the event.
She said she wouldn’t be texting Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk about it and remains frustrated by her refusal to open the border to Sydneysiders, arguing both states’ economies were suffering.
‘I think I’ve made my case clear. And she’s made her position clear. And I don’t think she’s going to budge,’ she told the ABC.
‘It’s a lot at stake. I think that the goalposts that Queensland has set for opening the borders to NSW is unrealistic, and I just wish that they would act in a more compassionate and common-sense way.’
There was ‘absolutely no health advice which says that NSW poses a danger to anybody’.