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UEFA could sanction Rangers for playing ‘God Save the King’ before Napoli clash

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Rangers could face a fine for playing ‘God Save the King’ before their Champions League match against Napoli.

UEFA turned down requests from Chelsea, Manchester City, and Rangers to play the national anthem before their games on Wednesday.

However, the Scottish club defied the governing body by singing the anthem before their Group A match against Napoli at Ibrox.

Before the game, fans paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a massive Union Jack tifo and a silhouette of the Queen covering the Broomloan Stand.

The players observed a minute of silence in honour of the Queen, followed by the playing of ‘God Save the King.’

The club’s decision to play the anthem before their 3-0 loss, on the other hand, could land them in hot water.

Before deciding whether to investigate Rangers’ decision to play the anthem, UEFA is awaiting the official report from its match officials.

According to reports, UEFA will consider taking action once the necessary information is received.

However, TalkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan praised Rangers for defying UEFA’s ban on playing the national anthem.

“We spoke about it and I was in the camp of suggesting it wasn’t appropriate for UEFA to intervene,” he said.

“I understand the backstory that if you open the door for one you open the door for all and there’s an element of UEFA incorrectly suggesting they should stand down their thing and they’ve already done that.

“So, it wasn’t a partisan view of ‘our anthem’ gets played and you don’t get to celebrate something exceptional.”

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