Defiant Rangers ignore UEFA and announce national anthem will go ahead for Queen

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Rangers will play the national anthem to honour the passing of Queen Elizabeth II ahead of their Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday evening.

The Scottish side tweeted: "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."

The statement comes after news UEFA had rejected requests from British clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City and Rangers to play the national anthem ahead of their respective Champions League fixtures.

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Liverpool were the only British side to play at home on Tuesday evening, and the national anthem was not played at Anfield.

However, a minutes silence was observed before kick off with both sets of fans and teams paying their respects to the monarch. It is unclear if City and Chelsea will follow suit with Rangers or if they will just hold a minutes silence ahead of kick off.

Rangers' clash with Napoli had already been rescheduled to policing resources following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Napoli fans have been banned from the clash due to the redirection of police resources. A statement from Rangers said: "Rangers can today confirm the upcoming UEFA Champions League match with SSC Napoli at Ibrox has been rescheduled for Wednesday, 14 September at 8pm.

"This is due to the severe limitations on policing resources and organisational challenges related to the ongoing events surrounding the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Rangers, of course, recognise this switch in date will inconvenience a number of our loyal supporters, and refunds will be available to those unable to attend the match.

"Additionally, no away supporters will be present at the match, allowing the club to make additional tickets available to MyGers members as a priority. UEFA have also confirmed that as a matter of sporting integrity, no Rangers fans will be permitted to attend the return fixture in Naples."


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