Cheeky fans of Scottish football team Celtic sang a brief song mocking the Royal Family on Sunday as they were supposed to cheer on the late Queen Elizabeth II.
“If you hate the Royal Family, clap your hands,” chanted fans ahead of the team’s game in Paisley, Scotland, against St. Mirren in the Scottish Premiership. They held up a big banner saying the same thing.
A Sky TV sports commentator has apologized to viewers for Celtic fans, the Scottish Daily Express has reported.
St. Mirren had announced that there would be a minute of applause on their pitch before the match – instead of a minute of silence – to honor the Queen.
Celtic players cheered – while their fans fashioned something completely different.
On Wednesday, fans held up a huge banner reading “fuck the crown” ahead of a match in Poland.
It sparked an investigation by the Union of European Football Associations, which regulates the sport, The Irish Post reported. “UEFA’s disciplinary bodies will decide on the matter in due course,” the organization said in a statement.
Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou told reporters on Friday: “We will uphold all the obligations and responsibilities we have as a football club. We will do so in a respectful way. We want our supporters to do the same.
British TV personality Piers Morgan slammed the “heartless Celtic fans who chose to mock and taunt a 96-year-old woman who loved Scotland so much”.
Celtic lost to St. Mirren 0-2. A football fan tweeted that it was an award for the Queen.