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All the Queen’s subjects: Not all singalong fans

30/07/2012
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Fury as Welsh and Scots snub National Anthem: Captain Giggs stayed silent for God Save The Queen

Footballer Kim Little and another Scottish player, Ifeoma Dieke, had stood silently before Great Britain women’s opening match

Welsh footballers Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy were both criticised for failing to sing at the first British men’s football match of the Olympics

Kim Little: Said she made a ‘personal choice’ not to sing it before her team’s matches at the Olympics because she is Scottish

The rarely sung fifth verse of the anthem, written in the 1740s, includes the controversial words: ‘Rebellious Scots to crush.’

The British Olympic Association was said to be furious about her decision. A spokesman for the association – which has previously stated that all athletes should learn the National Anthem – gave a terse statement saying: ‘It’s an individual choice (as to whether or not to sing), but the most important thing is to show respect.’

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