Celtic fans under fire over 'disgusting' Queen banner: 'Shame on them'

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Pictured here, a shocking anti-royals banner unfurled by Celtic supporters.
The Celtic supporters' banner has been condemned across the football world. Pic: Twitter

A section of Celtic fans have sparked outrage across the football world after unfurling a shocking anti-royals banner, in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II's death.

Ange Postecoglou's side grabbed their first point in this season's Champions League competition, courtesy of a 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk.

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However, it was a disgusting act from a section of the club's supporters that stole the headlines at the at Polish Army Stadium.

Both sets of players wore black armbands in memory of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch - who died last week at the age of 96.

No minute's silence was held at the stadium in Warsaw, which was playing host to the match because of Russia's war in Ukraine that prevented Shakhtar from playing at home in Donetsk.

Moments after the match kicked off, controversy erupted on social media after images of an explosive Celtic banner were beamed around the world.

BT Sport was forced to apologise to viewers after its coverage focused on a section of Celtic fans in the crowd, who had unfurled the banner which read: “F*** the crown”.

“Apologies if anyone has taken offence to anything seen in the early minutes,” commentator Rob MacLean said.

The incident caused widespread uproar across the football world.

"How disgusting, the Queen served our country for 70 years, Celtic supporters are an absolute disgrace," one Twitter user remarked.

Another added: "Personally l would ban all those responsible for that disgusting banner for life wherever Celtic play.Disgusting people who dare wear Celtic colours."

Many supporters of the Scottish club were also quick to distance themselves from the shocking banner as outrage erupted on social media.

The Hoops dominated for the vast majority of the game in Warsaw but ultimately had to settle for a draw.

The Scottish champions had several chances before Artem Bondarenko scored an own goal in the 10th minute, following a penetrating run from Reo Hatate.

Shakhtar equalised out of the blue in the 29th minute after a pass inside Josip Juranovic gave left-winger Mykhaylo Mudryk a clear run at goal.

Erling Haaland screamer wins it for City

Elsewhere, Erling Haaland scored a stunning volley with the outside of his left foot to complete a come-from-behind 2-1 win for Manchester City against Borussia Dortmund.

Leading after 79 minutes and keeping City unusually quiet, Dortmund were finally undone by an unlikely source John Stones - a centre back playing out of position at right back - smashed a swerving shot high into the net from outside the area.

Haaland's winner was even more spectacular. Joao Cancelo sent in a cross from the left with the outside of his right foot and Haaland leapt high to redirect the ball - at shoulder height - into the net.

"What a goal. I remember a long time ago in Barcelona Johan Cruyff scored one quite similar against Atletico Madrid. It's nice Erling emulated Johan Cruyff," City coach Pep Guardiola, a former Barca player and coach, told reporters.

It was Haaland's 26th goal in 21 games in the Champions League and the Norway striker has now scored in six straight games for City in all competitions, and 13 in eight games in total.

City have opened Group G with two straight wins in their latest bid for a first Champions League title.

Seen here, Erling Haaland applauding fans after Manchester City's Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund.
Erling Haaland applauds fans after Manchester City's Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund. Pic: Getty

Real Madrid make it two wins from two

In Madrid, defending champions Real Madrid needed late goals by Federico Valverde and Marco Asensio to extend their perfect start to the season with a 2-0 win over Leipzig.

Valverde scored from inside the area in the 80th minute and Asensio added to the lead in stoppage time to salvage Madrid's eighth victory in a row in all competitions.

Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi combined superbly as Paris St Germain's near-perfect start to the season continued with a 3-1 win at Maccabi Haifa.

Messi cancelled out Tjarron Chery's first-half opener after being set up by Mbappe and he returned the favour after the break before Neymar grabbed a late third as PSG were made to sweat by the Israeli champions.

PSG top Group H with six points, level with Benfica who claimed a 2-1 victory at Juventus.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri's job could be on the line again, having been fired three years ago, only to return last year.

A Joao Mario penalty and a David Neres goal, either side of halftime, canceled out Arkadiusz Milik's early opener and consigned Juventus to their second straight defeat in the competition - the first time Juventus have lost their first two Champions League matches.

AC Milan secured their first Champions League win this season after goals from Olivier Giroud, Alexis Saelemaekers and Tommaso Pobega powered them to a 3-1 home victory over Dinamo Zagreb.

In Glasgow, Napoli made it back to back wins in the Champions League with a 3-0 defeat of Rangers.

In Denmark, FC Copenhagen held Sevilla to a scoreless draw as both sides picked up their first point of their Group G campaign.

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