UEFA is awaiting the official report before considering action against Rangers

UEFA is awaiting the official report from their match delegate before deciding whether to investigate Rangers’ decision to play the national anthem ahead of their Champions League defeat by Napoli.

Despite instructions from the governing body, the anthem was sung ahead of Wednesday night’s 3-0 Champions League defeat by Napoli to commemorate the Queen’s death.

UEFA has told the PA news agency that action will not be considered until it has received the necessary information from its match delegate.

A passionate performance of the anthem was followed by a minute’s silence at Ibrox, sanctioned by UEFA, which at the same time turned down requests from some clubs to play ‘God Save the King’.

Rangers observed a minute’s silence before their game against Napoli (Andrew Milligan/PA) (PA wire)

A huge silhouette of the Queen amidst the colors of the Union Jack could be seen behind one of the goals before kick-off.

However, supporters of Rangers’ Old Firm rivals Celtic struck a different note in their 1-1 draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in Poland.

Both groups of players wore black armbands, but off the pitch some away fans voiced their anti-monarchy views.

“One banner at the Celtic end read ‘F*** the Crown’ while another read ‘Sorry for your loss Michael Fagan’, a reference to the intruder who broke into the Queen’s bedroom at Buckingham Palace in 1982.

‘If you hate the royal family, clap your hands’ was chanted at the start of the game but Celtic fans quickly had a positive game as their side took the lead in the 10th minute before being pushed back .

Celtic fans displayed anti-monarchy banners (Gavin McCafferty/PA)

Sport across Britain has paid tribute to the Queen since her death was announced last Thursday night.

The games played that evening in the Europa League and Europa Conference League took place and the crowd was already on their way to the venues, but a minute’s silence was observed.

The England and Wales Cricket Board ruled that no competitive match would be played on Friday, but the action continued on Saturday with a minute’s silence before the start of the game between the men’s teams of England and South Africa at the Oval, along with a rendition of ‘God save the King’.

Speaking ahead of the limited overs matches in Pakistan, England skipper Jos Buttler said: “Obviously we were deeply saddened to hear of Her Majesty the Queen’s passing. We saw the reaction at home in England to her death.

“I think cricket did a fantastic job at The Oval to honor them the way that game was played. We hope to honor them in our own way as a T20 team and play in a way that does.”

Football at all levels was postponed out of respect last weekend but resumed from Monday. However, three Premier League games scheduled for this weekend have also been postponed due to problems with police surrounding the Queen’s state funeral, which is due next Monday.

The league-approved minute’s silence will be observed and the national anthem will be played during matches that are still in progress, with players and other officials wearing black armbands.

Images honoring the Queen will be shown on large screens and boundary boards, and flags will fly at half-mast around the grounds.

In honor of the Queen’s 70th reign, fans are also invited to give a one-minute applause at the 70-minute mark.

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Mike Fahey

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