FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show Scottish Soccer Players Chanting “We Hate Catholics”?

A post shared on social media purportedly shows Heart of Midlothian, a Scottish Premiership team, shouting an anti-Catholic chant.

I’ve just been sent this video from inside the Hearts dressing room from Ibrox. Is this real?!? #JamTarts #RangersFC pic.twitter.com/2rPl6uXGo3

— 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 1690 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 (@JBatlord) February 24, 2024

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate.

Fact Check:

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A post shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, alleges that the Heart of Midlothian were chanting “We hate Catholics, everybody hates Roman Catholics.” in the locker room after a game. The low-quality video shows the men jumping around as the camera moves rapidly.

The caption reads, “I’ve just been sent this video from inside the Hearts dressing room from Ibrox. Is this real?!?”

The claim is inaccurate. The audio dates back to 2017 and has a different video. The incident occurred after rival soccer teams Rangers and Celtic played, The Scottish Sun reported. Rangers fans are mostly Protestant, while Celtics are Catholic, according to Reuters. The video appears to be fans chanting after a match, not players in the locker room.

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The video in the locker room that was posted dates back to 2020 when Hearts player Michael Smith posted the video on his Instagram. The video shows them singing along with a Spanish song. (RELATED: Fact Checking Biden’s Recent Claims About Wage Growth, Inflation)

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim that a video showed cannibals in Haiti.