The European Football Federation has banned Chelsea, Manchester City and Glasgow Rangers from playing the national anthem before Wednesday’s Champions League matches on religious grounds, not even the official theme song of the competition. But Rangers disobeyed her order before the match against Napoli, with thousands of fans singing “God Save The Queen” instead of the correct “God Save The King” after the minute’s silence was allowed.
At the same time, the fans of the Protestant team created a giant choreo in the stands with the British flag, in the center of which was a portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The match was postponed for a day due to insufficient police presence due to the events following the Queen’s death. However, fans of the Italian team did not have access to the match with Napoli.
In the Czech Republic, the very unpopular Glasgow club made no secret of its violation of UEFA rules – it even announced in an official statement that it would play the British anthem in honor of the Queen despite the ban.
The fans and players of Celtic, Glasgow’s other famous team, reacted to the Queen’s death in a completely different way. The green and white team is supported by pro-Irish Catholics, for whom the British crown is a source of oppression. They unfurled banners reading “Fuck The Crown” and “Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan” at Wednesday’s draw against Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk. The sign sarcastically recalled an incident 40 years ago when a man named Michael Fagan broke into the Queen’s bedroom at Buckingham Palace.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the risk of punishment from UEFA (most likely in the form of a financial fine) is higher in the case of Rangers. The other clubs approached by UEFA, namely Chelsea and Manchester City, respected her wishes, although some fans nevertheless sang the national anthem as the players took to the pitch.
In Poland, where the match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic was played due to the war in Ukraine, a minute’s silence was not observed. Some players of the Scottish team did not wear the mourning armband to honor the Queen.
Fans of Bayern Munich, who beat Barcelona 2-0 on Tuesday, reacted negatively to the postponement of the match due to the Queen’s death. “Postponing matches at the last minute due to the death of the queen? Respect the fans!” proclaimed the banner in Munich’s Allianz Arena.
The English Premier League last weekend in honor of Elizabeth II. she didn’t play, but in some stadiums the fans still reacted negatively – Irish team Shamrock Rovers apologized on their website after Thursday’s Conference League match for the behavior of their fans who celebrated the death of the Queen.