Local football club respond to Nacho Novo sectarian slur

Local football club respond to Nacho Novo sectarian slur

And one particular fan - wearing Celtic's training top - chose to mock his life-threatening incident by chanting: "We hope you die in your sleep Nacho Novo, we hope you die in your sleep, I pray".

That does of course mean he is a target for the green side of the city and a group of Celtic fans were only too happy to stick the boot into Novo when they bumped into him at Belfast airport.

"What the f*** have I done to you?" What have I f****** done to you?

The incident is all the more horrific given that Novo suffered a heart attack mere months ago in a legends tournament in Berlin.

The football academy which Novo was traveling to assist released a statement to BBC News NI, saying: "We are disgusted and angry that Nacho was subjected to a barrage of vile sectarian abuse".

"Not only does such behaviour have no place in sport, but it has no place within society".

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There's been plenty of reaction to the footage - including from Rangers and Celtic fans - but Chris Sutton's tweet was particularly spot on.

Novo spent six years at the club from 2004 to 2010, scoring 73 goals and winning three Scottish League titles.

Last night, the Celtic fan involved offered an apology to Novo for his "indefensible behaviour" - which saw both Celtic and Rangers fans condemn the incident after it sparked a social media storm.

Well said, Chris. Although he's a Celtic man through and through, he clearly sees that the line between banter and abuse was crossed in this instance. Rangers draw a lot of support from the Protestant Unionist community in Northern Ireland, while Celtic supporters are predominantly Catholic - two communities which clashed throughout Ireland during "The Troubles".

Novo was clearly in no mood to take the personal abuse and made his feelings known to the mouthy Celtic fan in no uncertain terms. And I don't appreciate aggression and abuse hurled at me.

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