Shamrock Rovers have condemned their fans who engaged in “highly insensitive and callous” chants on Thursday night celebrating the death of the Queen.
The singing occurred during the Dublin club’s Europa Conference League game at home to the Swedish club Djurgården, which finished goalless.
“Shamrock Rovers FC has been made aware of chants by a group of individuals at last night’s game,” the club said in a statement. “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.
“The following is also announced over the PA system before all of our games in Tallaght Stadium: ‘Shamrock Rovers Football Club welcomes all supporters to its grounds and condemns any form of bigotry and discrimination in soccer. Shamrock Rovers Football Club does not condone hostile abuse of individual players, spectators, or officials based on ethnic or cultural background, nationality, or religious affiliation. Those found to be involved in any such behaviour will face ejection from the ground and will be reported to the Gardaí.’”
Meanwhile, TalkSport has suspended Trevor Sinclair pending an investigation into a tweet sent – and deleted – by the former England international relating to the Queen. “Trevor Sinclair will not be on air while we carry out a thorough investigation into the circumstances and timing of his tweet,” the radio station said. “While we respect the right of Trevor Sinclair to express his opinion on his personal Twitter account, TalkSport does not endorse the tweet.”