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England fans called 'embarrassing' and 'disrespectful' after singing through haka

England rugby fans were labelled 'embarrassing' and 'disrespectful' on social media after a number of them sang over the haka at Twickenham on Saturday evening.

England played host to the All Blacks, whose pre-match ritual was drowned out by supporters singing 'Swing Low Sweet Chariot'.

A number of people took to social media to call out English supporters, with the majority of comments on England Rugby's tweet of the haka criticising the fans for singing during it.

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One person said: "Embarrassing. Sing before, sing afterwards, face it, but show a tiny bit of respect for visitors. What’s next? Booing and singing over our opponents’ anthems?"

Another commented: "Booing and jeering the haka. Really? Cheap, disrespectful, unsporting and unnecessary by England. What next, disrespecting the kicker? Booing during the national anthem? This won’t end well."

One other tweet read: "Can’t stand the singing during the Haka! Drives me mad. It’s something to enjoy and be celebrated. Not disrespected. When are we going to learn this?!"

Someone else posted: "Pathetic of England fans singing/booing through the haka. That is part of the entertainment."

"Embarrassing England fans singing over the Haka and not enjoying one of the great pieces of sports theatre," read another comment.

But this is far from the first time singing during the haka has drawn criticism and divided opinion.

Last November, Irish fans drowned out the haka at the Aviva Stadium by singing the fields of Athenry.

On that occasion, one person said: "Lads, I want to hear the Haka with silence like it used to be. We’re supposed to be some of the most respectful fans in the world and there we are chiming in with ‘Athenry’. I’m not into it."

Another said: "Bit disrespectful to start singing during the Haka lads...I don't think the haka should be allowed at the World Cup or competitive matches but respect it when on tour."

Someone else said: "Maybe it's just me but I found the singing of "The fields of Athenry" while the All Black's were in the middle of the Haka disrespectful and disappointing."


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