Ex-Fifa official: Uefa have made major blunder after confirmed Rangers news
Uefa “totally” misread the room when they tried to stop Rangers from playing the national anthem ahead of their game with Napoli last week (14 September), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee heaped praise on Rangers for the way they paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II at Ibrox.
The Daily Mail reported last week (13 September) that Uefa had banned British clubs, including the Light Blues, from playing the national anthem before their European matches.
The midweek fixtures were the first time they had played since Queen Elizabeth II passed away earlier this month (9 September).
Despite Uefa’s ruling, the Ibrox club played God Save The King ahead of their defeat to Napoli and the crowd joined in.
They also unveiled a Tifo in tribute as well as holding a minute’s silence ahead of the game and wearing black armbands.
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The BBC’s Chris McLaughlin reported last Thursday (15 September) that they will not be punished despite going against Uefa’s directive.
Asked for his verdict on the decision, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Uefa misread it totally, let’s be clear.
“Great credit to Rangers because I think it was magnificent. I think everybody in football would say they dealt with that brilliantly because they did.”
Rangers’ loss to Napoli puts them bottom of their Champions League group without a goal after two games.
Their next game in Europe is a trip to Anfield to play Liverpool next month (4 October).