Sky Sports apologise as boos interrupt minute’s silence at Celtic vs Aberdeen

Sky Sports issued an on-air apology after Celtic fans booed the Remembrance Sunday minute’s silence.

All football matches across the country have taken a minute’s silence before kick-off this weekend to mark the poignant occasion. That was also the case at Celtic Park, before Brendan Rodgers’ side faced Aberdeen in their Scottish Premiership clash.

Both sets of players stood on opposite sides of the centre circle, arm-in-arm for the traditional moment of quiet reflection. However, it was interrupted by a small number of supporters in the stands.

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Before the referee started the silence by blowing his whistle, a tannoy announced to the fans that there would be a moment of quiet reflection. This was then greeted with jeers and murmurs of discontent by some sections of the supporters.

As soon as the silence began, jeers and whistles were heard coming from the stands. While most clubs held a minute’s silence, the one at Parkhead was cut short after around 30 seconds.

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Lead commentator Ian Crooker said on air: “Apologies if you were offended, some people could just not stay quiet." It is not the first time small sections of supporters chose not to respect a minute’s silence at a Celtic match.

When Celtic faced Rangers in the Old Firm Derby on January 2, a minute’s silence was held to remember the 66 supporters who died at the 1971 Ibrox Disaster. The silence was also intended as a period of reflection to remember Celtic icon Frank McGarvey, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Brazil legend Pele.

The silence was cut short after 34 seconds as members of the fans could be heard jeering. It also prompted many supporters to react angrily to the interruption.

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