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UEFA won’t punish Rangers for national anthem

Rangers WON’T face punishment from UEFA over the rendition of the UK National Anthem prior to their Champions League match with Napoli.

The Ibrox club, against UEFA’s rules, played the anthem ahead of kick-off in Glasgow after a minute’s silence as a mark respect following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. The Rangers fans also unveiled a tifo display in tribute to the Queen with a loud rendition of ‘God Save the King’ following the silence.

UEFA had rejected requests to play the National Anthem from British clubs ahead of the latest round of European fixtures, according to a report. The governing body confirmed they received multiple requests over the issue but insisted they must ‘remain consistent across all UK venues’. However, the club defied the request, carrying out the mark of respect ahead of kick-off.

Rangers to sing UK national anthem in ‘honour of Queen’ before Napoli Champions League game tonight despite UEFA banscottishdailyexpress
Now it is being reported by the Mail Online that the Ibrox club will avoid any punishment. A spokesperson said: “The incident is not the subject of any UEFA disciplinary proceedings.”

Meanwhile Celtic will be looked at by the governing body over a banner displayed pre-match against Shakhtar Donetsk. UEFA added: “Please be informed that proceedings have been opened against Celtic FC regarding a banner displayed during their UEFA Champions League match against FC Shakhtar Donetsk played on 14 September in Warsaw. The UEFA disciplinary bodies will decide on the matter in due course.”

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