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Racist banner aimed at Celtic player appears on bonfire

A picture of the banner was shared by Sinn Fein's Fra McCann
A picture of the banner was shared by Sinn Fein's Fra McCann

A photo has emerged of a banner on a bonfire in Northern Ireland which appears to have a racist slogan written on it.

The banner is aimed at black Glasgow Celtic player Scott Sinclair. Celtic are due to play Belfast side Linfield in a Champions League clash on Friday.

The writing daubed on the banner reads: “Scott Sinclair loves bananas.”

A photo of the banner, which was reported at a bonfire near Avoniel leisure centre in east Belfast, was posted online by Sinn Fein MLA Fra McCann today.

In a post on Facebook, Mr McCann shared the image, writing: “Another example of the vile bigotry and racism that exists within loyalism and unionism. This is a disgusting attack on a Celtic player because of his ethnic background and only highlights the twisted nature of what these people call 'culture'.”

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: "Police are investigating complaints about various materials some of which are clearly distasteful, placed on the bonfire.

"Where police are aware of a crime being committed, an investigation will follow.

"We take hate crime very seriously and actively investigate all incidents reported to us. Hate crime is wrong on all levels and the PSNI will do everything it can to ensure that everyone, from whatever background, can live free from prejudice, fear and discrimination." 

Former footballer Stan Collymore tweeted: