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BT Sport apologises over Celtic fans' anti-monarchy banner

An on-air apology was issued over the banner.

BT Sport apologises over Celtic fans’ anti-monarchy banner SNS Group

BT Sport has apologised over an anti-monarchy banner displayed by Celtic fans ahead of their club’s Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk.

A message reading “F*** the Crown” was unveiled by the supporters at the Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw.

The match, which finished in a 1-1 draw, was being held in Poland due to the invasion of Ukraine.

Celtic players wore black armbands as a mark of respect.SNS Group

No minute’s silence took place before kick-off, however, Celtic’s players did wear black armbands as a mark of respect for the passing of the Queen.

After television cameras showed the banner, BT Sport commentator Rob MacLean issued an on-air apology during the match.

He told viewers “apologies to anyone offended” by the banner.

A second banner displayed by the Celtic fans read “Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan”.

Fagan, 74, broke into Buckingham Palace twice in 1982, managing to enter the Queen’s bedroom.