Supporters of Glasgow-based soccer workforce Celtic FC chanted anti-royal sentiments throughout a deliberate minute’s applause for Queen Elizabeth II forward of the workforce’s match towards St. Mirren in Paisley, Scotland, on Sunday.
The minute’s applause had been organized after the house workforce, St. Mirren, selected to pay tribute to the late monarch, however Celtic followers unfurled a banner studying “If you hate the royal family clap your hands” and chanted the identical phrases all through the deliberate homage.
The Scottish FA stated in an announcement on Monday that “as a mark of respect and in keeping with the period of National Mourning, home clubs may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem just ahead of kick-off, and players may wish to wear black armbands.”
Sky, who was broadcasting the match, confirmed to CNN that it turned down the stadium microphones to restrict the audibility of the chants throughout its broadcast of the minute’s applause.
After the applause ended, commentator Ian Crocker stated, “Apologies if you were offended by anything you might have heard. Most people showed respect, some did not.”
It’s the second time this week that teams of Celtic followers have expressed anti-royal emotions, with the membership at present topic to an investigation by European soccer’s governing physique UEFA after displaying a banner studying “F**k the crown” throughout Wednesday’s Champions League match towards Shakhtar Donetsk.
CNN has reached out to the Scottish Skilled Soccer League and Celtic FC for remark however didn’t instantly get a response.
Although Celtic relies in Scotland, its traditions are intertwined with these of anti-monarchist Irish republicans because it was based with the purpose of assuaging poverty in Glasgow’s Irish Catholic immigrant inhabitants within the Eighteen Eighties.
Its crosstown rival Rangers, in the meantime, is historically extra aligned with Protestantism and royalist unionism, heightening the antagonism between the 2 sides.
The Scottish FA, the governing physique for soccer within the nation, stated to CNN that it didn’t have “any jurisdiction over fan behaviour at league matches.”
Booing through the minute’s silence was additionally audible in different matches held within the Scottish Premiership this weekend.
Dundee United launched an announcement, acknowledging that “a small section of the crowd chose to not respect the minute’s silence” forward of its match towards Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.