Sunday, October 2, 2022

Shamrock Rovers fans condemned for celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s death

Footage has emerged of football fans celebrating the death of Queen Elizabeth II during the Europa Conference League match between Shamrock Rovers and Djurgårdens.

A video circulating online shows supporters at the game singing, “Lizzy’s in a box”, to the tune of the KC & the Sunshine Band song, Give It Up.

It was posted to Twitter on Thursday night, since when it has been viewed more than five million times.

Shamrock condemned the footage, saying: “Shamrock Rovers FC has been made aware of chants by a group of individuals at last night’s game. Such highly insensitive and callous chanting is not acceptable at our club and is against the values ​​that Shamrock Rovers FC stands for.

“Our ground regulations issued on match tickets and on signage at entry strictly prohibit such activity.”

Uefa, the rules of which allow it to punish clubs over fan abuse against individuals based on nationality, has been approached for comment.

A minute’s silence held before the second half of Hearts’ match against İstanbul Başakşehir also had to be cut short after supporters jeered and one was heard to shout: “F— the Queen.”

Her passing was announced during half-time of the game in Edinburgh, which also saw players don black armbands for the remainder of the fixture.

There were similar tributes held before or during Europa League and Conference League matches involving Manchester United, Arsenal and West Ham United.

A minute’s silence before the former’s Europa League defeat against Real Sociedad was impeccably observed.

Arsenal’s win at FC Zurich saw a silence held before the start of the second half, the very end of which was interrupted by a small amount of impatient jeering.

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