Rangers will play national anthem ahead of Champions League game despite UEFA declining request


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    Rangers fans are expected to sing the national anthem against UEFA orders on Wednesday night (Picture: Getty Images)

    Rangers have announced that they intend to sing the national anthem ahead of their Champions League match on Wednesday night, despite UEFA declining a request to do so.

    The Scottish side host Napoli at Ibrox this week and had made a request to sing the national anthem in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after her death last week.

    UEFA had already announced that the Champions League anthem will not be played in England or Scotland as a mark of respect for the Queen, but also rejected a request for the national anthem to be played.

    A statement from UEFA read: ‘There will be no anthems played – this also includes the UEFA Champions League anthem – on the basis of maintaining a consistent pre-match ceremony with a subdued atmosphere and without any celebratory activities across all UK venues to show respect as we did last Thursday.’

    However, Rangers have confirmed their intentions to perform the national anthem as part of a wider tribute to the Queen.

    The club’s official Twitter account posted: ‘Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be honoured this evening at Ibrox with a minute’s silence, a display created by the Union Bears, and a rendition of the Nation Anthem.

    ‘If you are attending tonight’s match, we encourage all supporters to be in their seat for 19:50.’

    Only Rangers supporters are allowed inside Ibrox due to policing resources, while the match has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday.

    Chelsea and Manchester City are both in action on Wednesday in the Champions League as well and also requested to play the national anthem before their games against RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund respectively, but UEFA turned them down.

    Neither English club has announced an intention to go against this ruling.

    Before their Europa Conference League match last Thursday, West Ham fans sang God Save the Queen during their minute’s silence.

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