Chelsea fan group covers Stamford Bridge with Union Jack flags – urging crowds to ‘sound’ the national anthem after a minute’s silence for the Queen tonight, despite UEFA’s ban on playing it through stadium loudspeakers
- Chelsea fans ignore UEFA ban and sing the national anthem before the game
- Stamford Bridge already decked out with Union Jack flags in tribute to The Queen
- UEFA had refused clubs permission to play national anthem
- Rangers Fans Join Blues To Sing God Save The King Before Their Match
- Last week, West Ham supporters also gave a moving rendition of the national anthem
Chelsea fans are urged to ‘sound’ the national anthem after the minute’s silence in tribute to the Queen, despite UEFA’s ban on playing it in the stadium.
As reported exclusively by Sportsmail yesterday, Manchester City, Rangers and Chelsea advocated playing God Save the King for their home games.
However, their request was rejected by UEFA, which refused “on the basis of maintaining a consistent pre-match ceremony with a subdued atmosphere and without any celebratory activities at all British venues to show respect”.
The attitude is likely to be ignored by Chelsea fans attending Wednesday’s Champions League clash with RB Salzburg, with a fan group posting an image to Twitter before the game showing the lineup at Stamford Bridge.
The image shows one end of the ground decked out with Union Jack flags, and in the accompanying post it encourages fans who come to the game to do the same.
It says ‘Preparing for tomorrow. Bring your Union Jack flags tomorrow if you have them. RIP Your Majesty’.
That tweet is quickly followed by a plea to fans to sing the national anthem after the minute of silence in tribute to the Queen, defying UEFA’s ban on playing God Save The King.
Chelsea fans decorated Stamford Bridge with Union Jacks before the game on Wednesday
Fan groups have urged fans to bring their flags to the game in tribute to The Queen
Chelsea fans will defy UEFA’s stance and sing the national anthem after the minutes of silence
Rangers are also ready to follow suit and sing the national anthem after paying tribute to The Queen before their Champions League clash with Napoli at Ibrox.
UEFA has already confirmed that the Champions League anthem will not be played before kick-off and that teams and staff will wear black armbands upon request.
God Save The King was first sung for Saturday’s third Test between England and South Africa at the Oval and will be used at Premier League matches this weekend as part of the tribute to The Queen’s passing.
Last week, just an hour after the Queen’s death was announced, there were similarly touching scenes at other matches.
Thousands of West Ham fans started an emotional rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’.
There will be a minute of silence before the match and no Champions League song will be played
However, UEFA stands firm and insists that an extradition cannot be played before kick-off
Following the announcement last Thursday, players from both teams and officials all wore black armbands as they gathered around the center circle for a minute of silence before kick-off.
At the end of the minute of silence, there was thunderous applause, followed by a spontaneous rendition of the national anthem by supporters in the stadium.
West Ham also took other steps to ensure they paid their respects to the Queen.
The billboards were put out before kick-off as the east London club decided not to make stadium announcements and played somber classical music in the run-up to the match.
West Ham showed a black and white image of the Queen during the minute of silence last week
The stadium scoreboards were also changed to black, while both teams’ badges were changed to black silhouettes.
Manchester United, which hosted Spain’s Real Sociedad in the Europa League, chose not to play pre-match music and the billboards were turned off after the news.
Both sets of players wore black armbands for the game, and United boss Erik ten Hag also wore one over his suit.
Before kick-off, there was a minute of silence in honor of the Queen.