Irish football fans have shown a callous reaction to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, as video shows crowds happily shouting ‘Lizzy’s in a box’ on Thursday.
Fans gathered at Tallaght Stadium in Dublin, which featured the Europa Conference League match between Shamrock Rovers and Djurgardens, but at one point the crowd erupted in chanting “Lizzy’s in a box”, while that others have applauded:
Tallaght Stadium in Dublin tonight.
No words! pic.twitter.com/umCah2hrag
— North West NHPUK (@NorthWestNHPUK) September 8, 2022
Tallaght Stadium in Dublin tonight pic.twitter.com/FhHtoVGT1L
— Dublin Bhoy (@dublincelticfan) September 8, 2022
Shamrock Rovers issued a statement after the match, which ended in a draw, condemning fans who openly mocked and celebrated the Queen’s passing.
“Shamrock Rovers FC have been made aware of the chanting of a group of individuals during last night’s game,” the statement read, calling the chanting “very callous and callous chanting”.
Such “is not acceptable at our club and goes against the values upheld by Shamrock Rovers FC,” the statement continued.
“Our ground regulations published on match tickets and on entrance signage strictly prohibit such activity. This is also announced on the public address system before all our matches at Tallaght Stadium: “Shamrock Rovers Football Club host all fans on its pitch and condemns all forms of bigotry and discrimination in football,” the statement read.
“Shamrock Rovers Football Club does not tolerate hostile abuse of players, spectators or officials based on their ethnic or cultural origin, nationality or religious affiliation,” he continued, warning that those who violate these standards “will be expelled from the ground and will be reported to the Gardaí.
However, this is not the only example of viral celebration. Another video, believed to have been taken in Derry City, Ireland, shows individuals honking their cars in celebration of the 96-year-old’s death.
-Bobby (@bobbysands81) September 8, 2022
The celebration follows centuries of hostility between the islands, which the Queen briefly addressed during a historic visit to Dublin in 2011.
“It is a sad and regrettable reality that throughout history our islands have experienced more than their fair share of grief, turbulence and loss…looking back in history, we can all see things that we wish we had done it differently, or not at all,” she said at the time.
Nevertheless, Irish President Michael D. Higgins Free his “sincere sympathy” to the Royal Family following the announcement of the Queen’s death. He described his visit to the island in 2011 as “pivotal in laying the foundations for genuine and ethical understanding between our countries”.
“In those memorable few days eleven years ago, the Queen did not shy away from facing the shadows of the past,” he said..
“His moving words and gestures of respect were deeply appreciated and admired by the people of Ireland and established a new, forward-looking relationship between our nations – one of respect, close partnership and sincere friendship,” he added.
Buckingham Palace announcement the Queen’s death on Thursday evening, noting that she died “peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon”.