Celtic fans were heard booing during the minute’s silence to honour Remembrance Day.
Sky Sports commentators were forced to apologise after the booing disrupted the pre-match ritual to honour those who gave their lives during conflict. Concerns were raised before the game about possible disruption as the Scottish Premiership leaders welcomed Aberdeen to Celtic Park
As with many clubs paying their respects this weekend, players at Celtic Park linked arms at the centre circle ahead of the silence. However, as the tannoy announced the pre-match show of respect, a minority of Celtic fans could be heard jeering, reports The Telegraph.
Referee Willie Collum stopped the silence after around 30 seconds. And, as players prepared to kick-off, Sky commentator Ian Crocker addressed the booing.
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“Apologies if you were offended, some people could just not stay quiet,” he was reported as saying.
Silences up and down the country went off at football matches largely without a hitch. There have however been weeks of tension involving Celtic fans due as pro-Palestinian protests have been spotted in the stands.
The club banned the Green Brigade, a fan group, from attending games after its members defied the club’s stance on political messages. The group traditionally organises a tifo – a choreographed display in the stand – but had been waving Palestinian flags instead.
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Celtic have stressed that “political messages and banners” are not welcome after “Free Palestine” and “Victory to the resistance” flags were initially held aloft.
At least 10 flags were reportedly spotted as the side were hammered 6-0 in the Champions League by Atletico Madrid. Old Firm rivals Rangers meanwhile held up a large poppy during the side’s game at Livingston.
Supporters unfurled a banner reading “Courage, faith and honour will stand where heroes fall.”
“Courage, faith and honour will stand where heroes fall.”
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