Nigel Farage says 'European football would be nothing without us' as Rangers set to defy God Save The King ban

GB News' Nigel Farage suggested British clubs should make a stand after UEFA made it clear they cannot play God Save The King at games

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Chelsea, Rangers and Manchester City were all directly refused permission by UEFA after requesting to play the national anthem before their Champions League fixtures this week.

European football's governing body declined to make exceptions in allowing it to be played as part of commemorations for Queen Elizabeth II.

But the move has been met with fury in the UK.

Responding, GB News' Nigel tweeted: "Time we threatened to leave European football. Without us they would be nothing."

Nigel Farage says it's 'time we threatened to leave European football'
Nigel Farage says it's 'time we threatened to leave European football'
Rangers FC's Ibrox stadium
Rangers FC's Ibrox stadium

And Rangers are reportedly planning to defy the ban and sing the anthem after a period of silence for the late monarch.

Journalist Mike Keegan tweeted: “It’s my understanding that Rangers will defy the UEFA ban and sing the national anthem after the period of silence tomorrow night in memory of the Queen ahead of their match with Napoli at Ibrox.”

It comes after UEFA announced the Champions League anthem will also be missing as part of efforts to create a "subdued" atmosphere.

Chelsea face RB Salzburg, Rangers take on Napoli in a fixture delayed by 24 hours and Manchester City play Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

A UEFA statement said: “There will be no anthems played — this also includes the UEFA Champions League anthem — 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 as we did last Thursday.”

The position is in contrast with all EFL matches, where the anthems were being played on Tuesday and Wednesday.

An EFL statement reads: “A minute’s silence will be held before matches, with black armbands to be worn by participants, flags to be flown at half-mast and the national anthem to be played in stadiums."