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15th Sep 2022

Rangers could face UEFA action for playing God Save The King

Simon Lloyd

Rangers fans at Ibrox sung the national anthem before kick-off

Rangers could face disciplinary action from UEFA after the club defied European football’s governing body by playing God Save The King before their Champions League game against Napoli on Wednesday night.

Before kick-off at Ibrox, supporters sung the national anthem and held up a special mosaic in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away last week.

Earlier in the week, UEFA had reportedly rejected a request from Rangers and other British clubs to play God Save The King before their respective European games. The governing body had, however, permitted a minute’s silence.

According to reports, UEFA are now waiting to see the official report from its match delegate before a deciding if an investigation should be launched.

The match, which Napoli won 3-0, was played a day later than billed over concerns over a lack of available police. The Queen’s coffin was transported from Edinburgh to London on Tuesday, with large numbers of police on duty in and around the Scottish capital on the day.

Rangers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic were also in Champions League action on Wednesday night, drawing 1-1 with Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw.

BT Sport, who broadcast the game in the UK, were forced to apologise after screening an image of a controversial banner in the away end.

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