By Joe Ellis

15th Sep, 2022 | 9:10pm

Rangers avoid UEFA investigation after national anthem sung v Napoli

Rangers will not be investigated by UEFA after they played the national anthem before their game with Napoli, according to Simon Stone.

The Light Blues originally asked permission to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II before the game along with Chelsea with a rendition of ‘God Save The King’ but were denied by the European football board.

Despite the rejection to their request, Rangers decided to play the anthem anyway after an immaculate minute’s silence at Ibrox on Wednesday ahead of their Champions League group stage game.

There were rumblings that UEFA could have investigated and punished the Bears but they have reportedly opted not to go any further with the matter.

“Rangers to face no action from UEFA re National Anthem last night,” Stone said via his personal Twitter account. “The incident you refer to is not the subject of any UEFA disciplinary proceedings.”

Sense at last

It took far too long but finally, UEFA have seen sense because, after such an awful occurrence that affected millions in the UK and around the world, any club should be able to pay tribute if they want to.

They were incredibly cheeky to try and stop Rangers from making such a poignant tribute and perhaps the Gers were equally so in going against them.

But no harm was done and the game still kicked off on time so whatever happens, beforehand is not any concern of UEFA for the most part.

They really do need to take a step back and think about what actually needs to be governed strictly and what can be left up to the individual clubs in each competition.

Rangers have technically got away with one here but they never should have been denied in the first place and you can’t see UEFA denying anybody that right again in similar circumstances.

In other Rangers news, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been heaped with praise by one of his former colleagues after the job he’s done at Ibrox.