Northern Ireland

Celtic poppy banner angers DUP MP Gregory Campbell

Pat McCourt scores penalty in 9-0 win
Image caption Former Derry City star Pat McCourt scored the ninth goal from the penalty spot for Celtic

DUP MP Gregory Campbell has accused Glasgow Celtic of not doing enough to stop an anti-poppy protest.

Celtic apologised for banners unfurled by a group styling itself the Green Brigade at half-time during its 9-0 home win over Aberdeen on Saturday.

The banners read: "Your deeds would shame all the devils in Hell. Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan. No bloodstained poppy on our Hoops."

Mr Campbell said it was not the first year there had been such protests.

"I know that Celtic have apologised and that is right, and that is a good step for them to take," said the East Londonderry MP.

"I think they need to go further, because it has happened last year and in previous years, and it will happen again next year."

Mr Campbell, who is a fan of Old Firm rivals Glasgow Rangers, said: "All clubs need to stand up and lance this boil and say not only are we going to be passive in this, we are going to actively promote the act of remembrance.

"These people died so we can all have freedom, even the freedom to insult those who paid the supreme sacrifice.

"That's the freedom those people laid down their lives for, and I think the very least those people and their relatives could expect is that people would remember that with dignity."

Celtic said in a statement: "The actions of this small minority have no place at Celtic Park.

"We are currently investigating the matter and, clearly, we apologise for any offence caused."

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