St Mirren DITCH holding a moment of silence for the Queen when Celtic visit on Sunday, instead calling for ‘respect’ for a minute’s applause amid fears of mass booing from the away fans after their ‘F*** the Crown’ taunts in Poland
St Mirren have decided to ditch holding a moment of silence for the Queen ahead of Celtic’s visit on Sunday.
The club confirmed on Friday that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will instead be remembered with a minute’s applause.
It comes amid fears of mass booing from away supporters after Celtic fans mocked her passing with ‘F*** the crown’ and ‘Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan’ banners which were displayed in their Champions League clash in Poland against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk.
Scottish football will be back up and running this weekend after games were postponed last weekend following the Queen’s passing.
While English Premier League games this weekend will have a minute’s silence and have the National Anthem featured at all matches, the SPFL have stated that clubs ‘may wish’ to hold a period of silence ‘and/or play the National Anthem’ ahead of kick-off.
St Mirren have instead gone for the minute’s applause and manager Stephen Robinson is hopeful ‘everybody is respectful’.
Celtic fans unveiled offensive banners including one saying ‘F*** the Crown’ during their Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland earlier this week
St Mirren will hold a minute’s applause for the Queen before their clash with Celtic on Sunday after fears that visiting fans could boo during the tributes to the late royal
He said: ‘I can only speak for us as a football club and myself. We’ll be showing our utmost respect. We just hope everybody is respectful.’
Today, when asked if he had a message for supporters ahead of Sunday’s planned tribute, Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou said: ‘I have the same message to our fans that we always have. As I said before the game (against Shakhtar), we will abide by the protocols. We wore black armbands on Wednesday night.
‘I think there’s a minute’s applause, we will abide by whatever obligations and responsibilities we have as a football club. We will do that in a respectful manner. We want our supporters to do the same.’
BT Sport were forced to apologise after honing in on an offensive banner surrounding the Queen’s death during Celtic’s game on Wednesday night.
All UK teams playing home or away were permitted to hold a one-minute silence mid-week as a mark of respect, though after a meeting between Celtic, Shakhtar and UEFA, it was decided there would be no silence before kick-off for that game.
Scottish football will be back up and running this weekend after last week’s postponements
Players from both teams did wear black armbands in Her Majesty’s memory.
The banner in regards to Fagan was unfurled during the Champions League anthem.
Fagan famously managed to scale the Buckingham Palace walls before creeping into Her Majesty’s bedroom while she slept in 1982.
The then painter and decorator, who has schizophrenia, spent around 10 minutes talking to the monarch about his family.
The late monarch thought Fagan was just a drunk member of staff, who was eventually tackled by a duty footman.
Last weekend’s fixtures were postponed as a mark of respect after Thursday’s announcement that the Queen had died aged 96.
This weekend will see more tributes to the Queen with clubs expected to hold moments of silences following her death on September 8 at the age of 96
English football is back up and running this weekend though a number of games including Chelsea v Liverpool and Manchester United v Leeds, have been subject to further postponements, with the Queen’s funeral set to take place on Monday.
It was announced on Wednesday that, in the English Premier League, a minute’s silence and the National Anthem will feature at all matches, along with a round of applause in the 70th minute to mark the late monarch’s 70-year reign.
Big screens will display images of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last week, while players will wear black armbands with flags at stadiums flying at half-mast.
In Scotland, the SPFL’s statement, released earlier this week, said: ‘Fixtures will go ahead, subject to Police Scotland resourcing, with the caveat that any fixtures be rescheduled if they fall on September 19, the day of Her Majesty’s funeral.
‘Home clubs may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem just ahead of kick-off, and players may wish to wear black armbands.’