British clubs ‘are BANNED by UEFA from playing the national anthem following the death of the Queen’
British clubs ‘banned by UEFA from playing the national anthem after the Queen’s death last week… with Man City, Chelsea and Rangers all rejected pleas by the European governing body’
- Rangers will reportedly defy UEFA ban and still play the national anthem
- Scottish giants and Chelsea have long-lasting links with the royal family
- Liverpool have not asked to play God Save The King against Ajax
- The national anthem of the Champions League will not be played before kick-off this week either
British clubs have reportedly been banned by UEFA from playing the national anthem in their European matches this week following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
As Exclusively Revealed by means of MailPlusPremier League clubs Manchester City and Chelsea and Scottish Premiership giants Rangers asked the European governing body to play God Save The King ahead of their Champions League home games.
But UEFA rejected their pleas, despite the nation still mourning the death of the Queen.
They stated that requests were denied “on the basis of maintaining a consistent pre-match ceremony with a subdued atmosphere and without any celebratory activities at all UK venues to show respect”.
A UEFA spokesperson also said: “There will be no national anthems played – this includes the UEFA Champions League anthem – on the basis of maintaining a consistent pre-match ceremony with an understated atmosphere and without any celebratory activities at all.” locations in the UK. to show respect as we did last Thursday.’
But the report claims Rangers still intend to go ahead and defy the ban, which could result in a possible fine, but there is no confirmation whether City and Chelsea will follow suit.
However, the report claims that Liverpool – which will face Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday evening – have made no similar request and have prompted UEFA to say they must “remain consistent across all UK venues”.
Also, the Champions League anthem is not played before kick-off, the banner is not waved in the center circle, there are no player mascots present and – along with a moment of silence – black armbands are worn where requested.
British clubs reportedly banned from playing the national anthem in Europe
The UK is still in mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday
Manchester City and Chelsea have both advocated playing God Save The King
Chelsea and Rangers in particular have close ties to the royal family, as does Arsenal, but their Europa League game against PSV Eindhoven has been postponed due to ‘insufficient police personnel’.
The Chelsea Pensioners are closely associated with the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, which was founded in 1682 by King Charles II.
In the meantime, Sports post columnist and former Rangers boss manager Graeme Souness revealed that he had a portrait of the Queen installed in the dressing room shortly after taking charge.
However, UEFA is sticking to their refusal to allow a rendition of God Save The King at Etihad Stadium, Stamford Bridge and Ibrox this week.
However, UEFA stands firm and insists that an extradition cannot be played before kick-off
Rangers also made a plea and were able to defy the ban anyway, which could lead to a possible fine
Liverpool – who will compete against Ajax in the Champions League – made no similar request
Man City meet Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea receive RB Salzburg and Rangers meet Napoli.
Such a ban does not apply to EFL clubs, which played the national anthem prior to their midweek matches.
It comes after a weekend in which Premier League games were postponed as a show of respect, with three more canceled this weekend.
However, other sporting events took place over the weekend, with cricketers and supporters from England and South Africa singing God Save the King before the start of the third Test.