Celtic fans under fire from anti-Royal banners as UEFA set to investigate Rangers

Celtic fans have come under fire after unfurling an anti-royal banner, while fellow Scottish side Rangers defied European football authorities by playing ‘God Save The King’ ahead of their Champions League games.

Celtic drew with Shakhtar Donetsk 1-1, but most of the attention surrounding the game came in the stands.

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Broadcaster BT Sport was forced to apologize after the banner, which read “F— the Crown”, was shown in the Celtic section of the Polish Arm Stadium.

“Apologies if anyone took offense to anything seen in the first few minutes,” said commentator Rob MacLean.

Celtic players wore black armbands in the club’s first game since Queen Elizabeth II died last week in Scotland at the age of 96.

Meanwhile, Rangers risk being punished by UEFA for playing the national anthem before kick-off in their 3-0 loss to Napoli.

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After a minute’s silence, Rangers players and fans gathered for a brief rendition of the new national anthem.

One end of the stadium featured a mosaic of the Union Jack flag with a silhouette of the Queen’s head in the middle of the display.

There was also a banner that read “1926 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2022”. UEFA allowed a blackout period and the wearing of black armbands in all matches featuring British teams, but Rangers went further.

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be honored tonight at Ibrox with a minute’s silence, a display created by the Union Bears and a performance of the national anthem,” Rangers said in a statement posted to Twitter.

These actions are outside the parameters set by UEFA, raising the possibility of the Glasgow club being sanctioned by European football’s governing body.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Rangers fans display a Union Jack flag mural to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, during a minute’s silence during the UEFA Champions League Group A game between Rangers FC and SSC Napoli at Ibrox Stadium on September 14, 2022 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images) (Getty)

The defeat for a 10-man Rangers side was sealed with late goals from Napoli substitutes Giacomo Raspadori in the 85th minute and Tanguy Ndombele in stoppage time.

Napoli recorded back-to-back three-goal wins to lead Group A with six points. Rangers are in last place after losing heavily again. Liverpool beat Ajax 2-1 in the group on Tuesday.

While Celtic’s poor run on the road in the Champions League stretched to just two wins in 34 away games, they still managed 17 attempts on goal and forced 21-year-old goalkeeper Anatoliy Trubin to make eight stops.

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