Celtic fans interrupt minute’s applause for Queen Elizabeth II with anti-Royal chants and banners




CNN

Supporters of Glasgow’s Celtic FC football team chanted anti-royal sentiments during the minute’s ovation planned for Queen Elizabeth II in Paisley, Scotland, on Sunday. Before the match against Mirren.

A minute’s applause for the home team, St. After Mirren chose to pay tribute to the late royal, Celtic fans unfurled a banner reading “If you hate the Royal Family, clap clap” and chanted the same words throughout the event. tribute

The Scottish FA said on Monday that “as a mark of respect and in keeping with the period of national mourning, home clubs may wish to observe a moment of silence and/or play the national anthem before kick-off and players may wish to wear black armbands.”

Sky, which was broadcasting the match, confirmed to CNN that the microphones in the stadium had been turned down to limit the audibility of the chants during the minute’s applause broadcast.

After the applause ended, commentator Ian Crocker said: “You could have apologized if you were offended by anything. Most people were respectful, some were not.”

It is the second time this week that Celtic fan groups have expressed their anti-royal sentiments, with the club under investigation by European football’s governing body UEFA after displaying a banner reading “F**k the crown” during Wednesday’s Champions League. Match against Shakhtar Donetsk.

CNN has reached out to the Scottish Professional Football League and Celtic FC for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.

Although Celtic is based in Scotland, its traditions are linked to the anti-monarchist Irish republicanism that was founded in the 1880s to alleviate the poverty of Irish Catholic immigrants in Glasgow.

Their city rivals Rangers, on the other hand, are traditionally associated with Protestantism and royalist unionism, increasing the antagonism between the two sides.

The Scottish FA, the country’s football governing body, told CNN it had “no jurisdiction over fan behavior at league matches”.

A minute’s silence was also heard at other Scottish Premiership games this weekend.

Dundee United released a statement, acknowledging that “a small section of the crowd decided not to observe a minute’s silence” ahead of their game against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.