Chelsea fan group deck out Stamford Bridge in Union Jack flags – and urge the crowd to ‘belt out’ the national anthem after minute’s silence for the Queen tonight, despite UEFA’s ban on playing it across stadium speakers
Chelsea fans will ignore UEFA ban and sing the national anthem before match
Stamford Bridge already decked out in Union Jack flags in tribute to The Queen
UEFA had refused permission from clubs for national anthem to be played
Rangers fans set to join Blues in singing God Save The King before their game
Chelsea fans are being urged to ‘belt out’ the national anthem after the minute’s silence in tribute to the Queen, despite UEFA’s ban on playing it in the stadium.
As reported exclusively by Sportsmail yesterday, Manchester City, Rangers and Chelsea made pleas to play God Save the King ahead of their home fixtures.
However, their request was denied by UEFA who refused ‘on the basis of maintaining a consistent pre-match ceremony with a subdued atmosphere and without any celebratory activities across all UK venues to show respect’.
Chelsea fans have decorated Stamford Bridge with Union Jacks ahead of game on Wednesday
Fan groups have urged fans to bring their flags to the match in tribute to the The Queen
Chelsea fans will defy UEFA’s stance and sing the national anthem after the minutes silence Fan groups have urged fans to bring their flags to the match in tribute to the The Queen
Chelsea fans will defy UEFA’s stance and sing the national anthem after the minutes silence
The stance is set to be ignored by the Chelsea fans in attendance for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with RB Salzburg, with one fan group posting an image to Twitter showing the set-up at Stamford Bridge ahead of the game.
The picture shows one end of the ground decked out in Union Jack flags, and in the accompanying post it encourages fans coming to the game to do the same.
Stating ‘Setting up for tomorrow. Bring your Union Jack flags tomorrow if you have them. RIP Your Majesty’.
That tweet is quickly followed up by a plea to fans to ‘belt’ out the national anthem following the minute’s silence in tribute to the Queen, defying the ban UEFA have put on playing God Save The King.
There will be a minutes silence before the game and no Champions League anthem played
UEFA however have stood firm and insisted a rendition cannot be played before kick-off
Rangers are also set to follow suit and sing the national anthem after their tribute to The Queen before their Champions League clash with Napoli at Ibrox.
UEFA have already confirmed the Champions League anthem would not be played before kick-off and black armbands would be worn by teams and staff where requested.
God Save The King was first sung before Saturday’s third test between England South Africa at the Oval and is set to used at Premier League games this weekend as part of the tributes being paid to the passing of The Queen.