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Trump gets mixed reception from football fans in conservative south

ATLANTA United States President Donald Trump received a mixed reception from American football fans in the conservative south of the country on Monday, a partial rebuke on his political home turf.

Tens of thousands of fans at a college championship game in Atlanta between the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama booed and cheered as Mr Trump took to the field for the national anthem.

A camera near the locker room where the Alabama players were exiting appeared to catch one shout an expletive as he made his way to the field.

Some fans had been stuck outside for an hour during an unusually frigid and wet evening as the area around the stadium locked down for the arrival of the President's motorcade.

Mr Trump, who has made respectful observation of the national anthem at sporting events a divisive political issue, stood at midfield and sang some of the Star-Spangled Banner, remaining silent at other times.

The mixed reception could be a worry for the White House, coming deep in Trump country in a contest watched by fans from two nominally Republican states.

But the President's eldest son, Mr Donald Trump Junior, denied there had been any jeering.

"Sounds like some serious cheering to me," he wrote while retweeting a video clip of the incident. - AFP

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