Rangers followers have paid tribute to The Queen by singing the nationwide anthem earlier than the Napoli match, regardless of UEFA rejecting a request by the Scottish membership.
UEFA had rejected requests from Chelsea, Manchester Metropolis and Rangers to play the nationwide anthem earlier than Wednesday’s Champions League matches.
However residence followers sang the anthem earlier than their Group A tie in opposition to Napoli at Ibrox.
The three British golf equipment are understood to have made requests to play God Save the King following a interval of silence in reminiscence of Queen Elizabeth II.
UEFA, who had already determined in opposition to taking part in its Champions League anthem, had informed Sky Sports activities Information: “There might be no anthems performed – this additionally contains the UEFA Champions League anthem – on the premise of sustaining a constant pre-match ceremony with a subdued ambiance and with none celebratory actions throughout all UK venues to point out respect as we did final Thursday.”
Solely Rangers supporters had been in attendance for his or her match in opposition to Napoli which was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday resulting from policing sources, with no away followers being permitted on the match in Naples too for sporting integrity.
UEFA has allowed a interval of silence to be noticed and black armbands to be worn in any respect matches that includes groups from the UK, however Rangers had indicated earlier on their official Twitter account they’d go forward with a “rendition of the nationwide anthem.”
Round 50,000 followers had been invited to sing the nationwide anthem after the minute’s silence and there was additionally union flag show within the Broomloan Highway stand together with a banner which learn ‘1926 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2022’.
Chelsea tributes to The Queen
Forward of kick-off in west London, two Chelsea Pensioners laid wreaths on the pitch, earlier than an impromptu refrain rang out from the stands.
A banner studying ‘RIP Your Majesty’ was displayed on the Shed Finish of the stadium, surrounded by a row of Union Jack flags.
New Blues boss Potter emerged from the tunnel sporting a black swimsuit and tie and clapped residence supporters, earlier than the bottom fell silent in reminiscence of The Queen.