Rangers avoid punishment for national anthem as UEFA open proceedings against Celtic

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The efa will not punish Rangers for defying a directive not to play the national anthem ahead of their Champions League game against Napoli.

UK clubs had seen a request to play the new anthem turned down after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, although the Scottish team played it nonetheless while unveiling a huge show in honor of the late monarch.

“The incident you refer to is not subject to any UEFA disciplinary proceedings,” a UEFA spokesperson said.

Wednesday night’s game only took place after Napoli fans were banned from attending due to a lack of police numbers, while it was also pushed back a day. The Italians picked up a 3-0 win at Ibrox.

Rangers hero Ally McCoist praised the fans’ display, telling talkSPORT: ‘If it breaks the rules I would actively cheer for it. It was fantastic.

“It wasn’t even good, it wasn’t even brilliant, what a show of unity for the country – it was amazing. Rangers fans, a bunch of guys called the Union Bears, put on a Union Jack, honestly…

“I have to say the Napoli players were fantastic around the center circle and the national anthem was sung by everyone in the stadium. It was really heartwarming, honestly, to see all the unity of the fans and players.

Meanwhile, Glasgow rivals Celtic are bracing themselves for a UEFA charge after proceedings were opened against an away banner in their draw against Shakhtar Donetsk which read “f* ** the crown”.

“Please note that proceedings have been opened against Celtic regarding a banner,” the organization added. “UEFA’s disciplinary bodies will decide on the matter in due course.”


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