Football world rages over 'disgusting' scenes before Queen's funeral

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Celtic fans, pictured here disrupting a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II before their clash with St Mirren.
Celtic fans disrupted a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II before their clash with St Mirren. Image: Getty

Celtic fans have once again been condemned around the football world after chanting during a minute's applause for Queen Elizabeth and displaying a banner reading: 'If you hate the royal family clap your hands.'

The ugly scenes occurred at Celtic's Scottish Premiership clash with St Mirren, just hours before the late Queen's official funeral.

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Celtic's Australian coach Ange Postecoglou had previously said he hoped supporters would show their respect during the minute's applause ahead of the match at St Mirren Park.

"There’s a minute’s applause (on Sunday), we will abide by whatever obligations and responsibilities we have as a football club," he said.

"We will do that in a respectful manner. We want our supporters to do the same.”

However he refused to comment on the latest actions of fans during his press conference after the match.

“I addressed all that in two press conferences, I’m not going to do it in three,” he said.

“I get why the interest is there, but I’m a manager at a football club, and I sit at press conferences wanting to talk about football.

“We addressed that matter, we did everything we needed to do, it’s time we moved on.”

The Glasgow club is the subject of UEFA disciplinary proceedings after supporters displayed a banner reading “F*** the Crown” during Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland.

On Sunday, Sky commentator Ian Crocker said during the chanting: "Apologies if you were offended by anything you might have heard. Most showed respect, some did not."

A banner displayed by Celtic fans, pictured here during their match against St Mirren.
A banner displayed by Celtic fans during their match against St Mirren. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson had also urged fans to respect the tribute.

“I don’t make those decisions on how we show our respect. It’s hard enough picking a team," he said.

“But if that’s what it is - a minute’s applause - then obviously we will respect that as much as we can as well.

“I can only speak for myself and for St Mirren. As a football club we will show our utmost respect, I personally will show my utmost respect.

“You hope that people have that respect during the game because someone has died.

“No matter what your beliefs are, I think it’s important that society respects that.”

Celtic players, pictured here taking part in a minute's applause for Queen Elizabeth II.
Celtic players take part in a minute's applause for Queen Elizabeth II before their Premiership match against St Mirren. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Football world in uproar over 'disgusting' scenes

Other tributes during Saturday’s Premiership fixtures were also disrupted, with a minute’s silence at Ibrox overshadowed by booing and derogatory chants from some Dundee United supporters.

Dundee United later stated they had “reached out to advise our supporters of the pre-match arrangements with the expectation that the minute silence would be observed”.

Hibernian’s game with Aberdeen at Easter Road was also marred by audible boos and chants during a minute’s applause.

The Scottish Football Association had postponed all matches last weekend after the Queen’s death and gave all clubs the option of choosing whether and how to pay their respects this week.

In a joint statement with the Scottish Professional Football League on Monday, the SFA said: “This week, 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.”

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