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TV channel apologizes for images of Celtic fans’ anti-monarchy banners

A British television channel has apologized to viewers after showing images of Celtic fans carrying offensive anti-monarchy banners during a Champions League match in Poland.

Some Glasgow club supporters were seen near a banner proclaiming ‘f…the Crown’ during the match against Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time).

It also read “Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan”, a reference to a Buckingham Palace intruder who slipped into Queen Elizabeth II’s bedroom in 1982 while the monarch was asleep.

An Associated Press report said Celtic players wore black armbands, despite Warsaw fans displaying a banner with an expletive. This reflected the club’s historic links with Ireland and some supporters’ opposition to the British monarchy.

A picture of the banner was briefly shown on BT Sport, the British television channel showing the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

English newspapers reported that BT Sport commentators immediately apologized to viewers “if you were offended”.

Queen Elizabeth II died six days ago at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, aged 96. His state funeral is Monday in London.

Meanwhile Celtic’s Glasgow rivals Rangers played Britain’s national anthem ahead of their 3-0 Champions League home defeat to Napoli despite UEFA’s rejection of requests to play the anthem ahead of time. kick-off.