The Scots decided to impose their own rules. This Wednesday, ahead of the Champions League match against Napoli, Glasgow Rangers defied European football authorities by broadcasting “God Save the King”. Initially, the Scottish club asked UEFA for permission to change the competition protocol so that it could broadcast the British anthem before kick-off in Ibrox.
Uefa’s request was rejected, allowing only a minute’s silence and the wearing of black armbands in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last Thursday at her Scottish castle, Balmoral. After a minute’s silence agreed with European football authorities, the Rangers decided to broadcast the British anthem, exposing themselves to possible punishment from UEFA.
An anthem played by the players and fans
Scottish club players and supporters historically close to the royal family sang, along with the new version of the UK anthem, in which “God Save the Queen” has been changed to “God Save the King”, in reference to the new king. Charles III. At one of the stands of Ibrox, Tifo painted the silhouette of the Queen’s head against the background of Union Jack, the flag of the United Kingdom. A good honor however did not help the Scots win, as Rangers lost 0-3 to Napoli.
In another Champions League match held in the UK, this time at Stamford Bridge, in London, where Chelsea hosted Salzburg, the anthem was not played in the caddy but rather spontaneously sung by the crowd. Both teams left with a score of 1-1.
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