‘F**k the King, crown the champions’: Celtic fans display x-rated banner to protest King Charles III’s coronation as they celebrate Scottish Premiership win
- Supporters produced banners disapproving of King Charles III’s coronation
- Celtic has a long and storied history of protests against the British royal family
- Ange Postecoglou’s side were confirmed as champions with a 2-0 win
Celtic supporters produced an x-rated banner to protest the coronation of King Charles III when they were confirmed as champions of the Scottish Premiership.
Ange Postecoglou’s side clinched the back-to-back league titles with a comfortable 2-0 win at Hearts, with the club’s supporters voicing their opposition to the British royal family.
Two banners referring to the coronation of King Charles III were produced, with one reading ‘f*** the King, crown the champions’.
While another, hung on the front of the end at Hearts, showed a stop sign obscuring the king’s insignia.
Unlike in the Premier League, Scottish football authorities left the decision to play the national anthem to the individual clubs, seemingly knowing that any attempt to force a recognition of Saturday’s coronation could be met with a furious backlash.
Celtic supporters expressed their feelings about the coronation of King Charles III
Banners were unfurled in the far corner as Celtic asserted themselves as champions of the Scottish Premiership
Greeting the coronation with the disbelief that had been expected, Celtic supporters were able to audibly – and visibly – voice their opposition.
It follows incidents involving both clubs following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last September, with Hearts apologizing on behalf of some of their supporters for ‘meaningless behaviour’.
“The club apologizes on their behalf to those offended by their senseless behavior during a time of national mourning,” they said in a statement, “and we hope lessons are learned for future tributes at Tynecastle Park.”
Celtic supporters, meanwhile, made their feelings known in St Mirren after the late Queen’s death, chanting ‘If you hate the Royal Family, clap your hands’.
The chants were accompanied by a banner reading ‘F*** the crown’.
Controversy reigned in the Premier League on Saturday night as Liverpool supporters greeted the anthem played at Anfield with loud boos.
Incident follows similar display at St Mirren in the autumn following Queen Elizabeth II’s death
The club had confirmed prior to the match that they would be playing God Save the King, although fans had expressed their displeasure with the decision.
Prior to that game and a Champions League game with Shakhtar Donetsk, Postecoglou had urged supporters to behave “respectfully”.
“I have the same message to our fans that we always have. As I said before the match (against Shakhtar), we will follow the protocols. We wore black bracelets on Wednesday nights,’ he said.
He added: “I think there’s a minute of applause (on Sunday), we will abide by all the obligations and responsibilities we have as a football club. We do this in a respectful manner. We want our supporters to do the same.’
Rangers played God Save the King before their clash with Aberdeen at Ibrox.
The Postecoglou side did not allow the controversial actions of some of their supporters to dampen their spirits, with the players celebrating wildly on the Tynecastle pitch following their win.
Goals from Kyogo Furuhashi and Oh Hyeon-gyu confirmed what had seemed inevitable for some time.
Ange Postecoglou spoke of his pride in achieving back-to-back title wins with the Scottish club
Postecoglou declared himself “super proud” after the game, speaking of a long year and relief to finally cross the line.
“It feels like it’s been a long year and this squad and staff have been outstanding,” he said. “They have maintained an almost impossible standard week in and week out and that is a credit to each and every one of them. I’m super proud.
“We won it last year and there’s always a danger of guys getting ahead of themselves and getting complacent, but from the first moment we came back into pre-season they had a real goal to get better and they’ve been doing that every day . .
“It’s just been brutal and I’ve had an easy time watching these guys maintain a ridiculous standard of football and their fantastic dedication to this football club.”