Former Rangers and Glentoran footballer Nacho Novo has said he was subjected to abuse by Celtic supporters when he arrived at Belfast International Airport on Saturday.
Novo tweeted: “Arrived at Belfast international airport tonight to support the local community for all sides of the divide, as soon as I walked out of the airport I was surrounded by over Celtic supporters that hurled abuse and tried to attack myself I would like thank genuine Celtic supporter.”
Several videos have appeared on social media showing Novo confronting people outside the airport over the alleged abuse.
The 39-year-old striker received support on social media from former Celtic striker Chris Sutton who tweeted on Sunday: “The abuse Nacho Novo took at Belfast airport was shameful... we all like a bit of banter with the rivalry but what is wrong with people!!!!”
Former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae tweeted: “Football will always have rivalry but watching that video earlier of my old team mate nacho novo being verbally abused is nothing short of disgusting. The character trying to make a name for himself is an embarrassment. No one deserves that.”
Novo suffered a heart attack earlier this year while taking part in a legends tournament in Germany.