EXCLUSIVE: Rangers will NOT be subject to UEFA disciplinary hearings after play the national anthem at Ibrox before their Champions League game on Wednesday… but Celtic WILL face proceedings for anti-royals banner
- Rangers defied UEFA’s ban by playing the national anthem on Wednesday night
- Prior to facing Napoli there was a period of silence before the anthem played out
- But the Scottish club will not be punished by European football’s governing body
- However, Old Firm rivals Celtic could face punishment for an anti-royals banner
Glasgow Rangers will not be punished for playing the national anthem at Ibrox, despite UEFA turning down their request to do so.
The Scottish club – along with Manchester City and Chelsea – had requested to play God Save the King ahead of their Champions League fixture this week following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
In a move revealed by Sportsmail which sparked heavy criticism, UEFA said no to all three pleas, stating that they had to ensure the build-up to each match was ‘consistent’.
Regardless, Rangers played the National Anthem following a minute’s silence ahead of their 3-0 defeat to Napoli last night, with thousands – including players – joining in a rousing rendition.
Rangers will not be punished by UEFA after playing the national anthem before kick-off against Napoli at Ibrox on Wednesday night
In what appears to be a common-sense move, UEFA have now confirmed that they will not be punishing the club and they are not subject to any disciplinary matters.
A spokesperson told this newspaper: ‘The incident you refer to is not subject to any UEFA disciplinary proceedings.’ Chelsea and City did not play the anthem, although fans of the west London club sang it shortly after the minute’s silence.
Meanwhile, Old Firm rivals Celtic will face proceedings after fans displayed an anti-royals banner before their match against Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw.
UEFA denied British clubs’ request to play the national anthem before Champions League matches but Rangers defied that decision
Old Firm rivals Celtic will face proceedings after fans displayed an anti-royals banner before their match against Shakhtar Donetsk in Warsaw
Supporters of the club held up two banners, one which read ‘F*** The Crown’ and ‘Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan’, the latter being a reference to an intruder who found his way into the late Queen’s bedroom at Buckingham Palace 40 years ago.
‘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,’ a UEFA statement said.
‘The UEFA disciplinary bodies will decide on the matter in due course.’