Rangers fans paid tribute to the Queen by singing the national anthem ahead of the match against Napoli, despite UEFA denying the Scottish club’s request.
UEFA has rejected requests from Chelsea, Manchester City and Rangers to play the national anthems ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League matches.
But the home fans sang the song ahead of their Group A match against Napoli in Ibrox.
Three British clubs are understood to have requested to play God Save the King after a period of silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II.
UEFA, who has decided not to play its Champions League anthem, told Sky Sports News: “No national anthem will be played – this also includes the UEFA Champions League anthem – on a regular basis. maintain a consistent pre-match ceremony with air tenderness and without any celebratory activities across all UK venues to show respect as we did on Thursday last week. “
Only Rangers supporters were present for the match against Napoli, the match was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday due to security concerns, no away fans were allowed to attend the Napoli match due to safety reasons. sport integrity.
UEFA has allowed a period of silence to be watched and wearing the black captain’s armband at all matches featuring teams from the UK, but Rangers said earlier on its official Twitter account. them that they would continue with a “performance of the national anthem.”
About 50,000 fans were invited to sing the national anthem after the silence, and there was also a show of union flags in the stands at Broomloan Road along with a banner that read ‘1926 Queen Elizabeth 2022’.
Chelsea pays tribute to the Queen
Before the match in west London, two Chelsea Retirement Boards laid wreaths on the pitch, before an impromptu chorus rang out from the stands.
A banner reading ‘RIP Your Majesty’ was displayed at the stadium’s Landing House, surrounded by a row of Union Jack flags.
New Blues boss Potter stepped out of the tunnel, donned a black suit and tie and applauded home supporters, before the ground fell silent in memory of the Queen.