Shamrock Rovers supporters celebrated the death of Queen Elizabeth II by singing “Lizzie’s in a box” during their side’s Europa Conference League game in Dublin on Thursday night.
The Irish club played at the Tallaght Stadium in Europe’s third-tier competition against Swedish club Djurgardens.
But just hours after Buckingham Palace announced the Queen had died peacefully at Balmoral, Shamrock Rovers fans were filmed at the stadium singing “Lizzie’s in a box” to the tune of KC’s “Give It Up.” & the Sunshine Band sang.
Shamrock Rovers have described the chants sung by a group of their supporters as “highly insensitive and callous”.
A statement from the club on Friday said: “Shamrock Rovers FC were made aware of chanting by a group of people at last night’s game.
“Singing in such an insensitive and callous manner is unacceptable in our club and goes against the values that Shamrock Rovers FC stand for.
“Our zoning ordinance, issued on playing cards and signage at the entrance, strictly prohibits such activities.
“The following is also announced over the public address system prior to all of our games at Tallaght Stadium: “Shamrock Rovers Football Club welcomes all supporters to its grounds and condemns all forms of bigotry and discrimination in football.
“Shamrock Rovers Football Club will not tolerate hostile insults against any player, spectator or official because of their race, culture, national origin or religion. Those found to be engaging in such behavior will be thrown off the ground and reported to the Gardai.”
Meanwhile, Ireland’s President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the Queen, who has become the first British monarch to visit the Republic of Ireland in 100 years since the nation gained independence from the UK.
“During those memorable days, the Queen did not shrink from the shadows of the past,” Higgins said in a statement.
“Your moving words and respectful gestures were greatly appreciated and admired by the people of Ireland and established a new, forward-looking relationship between our nations – one of respect, close partnership and genuine friendship.”
Ireland’s Taoiseach Micheal Martin described the Queen’s state visit in 2011 as “a crucial step in normalizing relations with our nearest neighbour”.
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