Sky Sports apologized after an offensive banner relating to the royal family following the death of Queen Elizabeth II was displayed during Sunday’s Scottish Premiership match in St Mirren.
Celtic fans unveiled a banner displaying the message “If you hate the royal family clap your hands” during a minute of applause before kick-off in honor of the late queen, in what is the latest controversial episode. overshadowed the Glasgow club.
Sky had already planned to turn down the mics for minute cheers after Celtic fans were involved in a similar incident ahead of the Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk in Croatia on Wednesday when other offensive banners were displayed.
After the applause of the minute at St Mirren Park, Sky Sports commentator Ian Crocker apologized for the chants picked up during the live broadcast, which repeated what the banner on display read.
“I apologize if you were offended by anything you may have heard,” Crocker said. “Most people showed respect, some didn’t.”
Celtic have already faced a Uefa investigation for the midweek incident and may now face action from the Scottish Football Association for its fans’ latest stunt.
The tipping point comes the day after a portion of Dundee United fans sparked outrage at Ibrox on Saturday when they broke a minute of silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.
After playing the national anthem against UEFA ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game, Rangers paid further tributes before the match at Ibrox, but the silence ended with boos and multiple reports that group fans away they had sung “Lizzie’s in a box” in reference to the late queen.
This sparked the fury of Rangers fans and even a gesture of “keeping quiet” by Rangers striker Antonio Colak, who put a finger to his lips in front of Dundee United fans after the first of his two goals in the win. for 2-1.
“We were silent at the start of the game because we know why – it’s all about respect,” said Colak. “It was my emotions because the whole audience, 50,000 at the stadium, had this respect but some people didn’t. It was just a moment and everyone should understand it.”
A video was also released online last week showing Shamrock Rovers supporters singing the same song, prompting a condemnation from the club.
Dundee United later issued a statement in which they noted “the actions of a small section of the crowd who chose not to respect the minute of silence”, but stopped before an apology. The two-line statement added that the club had warned fans of the pre-match agreements “with the expectation that a minute silence would be observed”.
It was Rangers’ first home game since Queen Elizabeth II’s death after all games in Scotland were postponed last weekend. They had also honored Queen Elizabeth II with a full-page image on the front page of Saturday’s program.