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West Ham fans chanted God Save the Queen ahead of their Europa Conference League game last Thursday (Action Images via Reuters)

UEFA has turned down requests from Chelsea, Manchester City and Rangers to play the national anthem ahead of their Champions League games on Wednesday night.

All three British clubs have asked UEFA if they can play God Save the King but the governing body has rejected the proposal in order to maintain a “low-key atmosphere” in stadiums.

UEFA had previously announced that the Champions League anthem would not be played in England or Scotland as a mark of respect for the Queen.

A UEFA statement said: “No anthems will be played – including the UEFA Champions League anthem – on the basis of a uniform pre-match ceremony with a subdued atmosphere and no celebratory activities at all UK venues to show respect like last Thursday.«

However, MailPlus reports that Rangers are ready to defy UEFA’s decision and allow fans inside the stadium to sing the national anthem after the minute’s silence.

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A tribute to Queen Elizabeth II can be seen on a large screen ahead of the UEFA Champions League match at Anfield on Tuesday night (PA).

Only Rangers supporters are allowed into Ibrox due to police resources while the game has been rescheduled from Tuesday to Wednesday.

West Ham fans chanted God Save the Queen during their minute’s silence ahead of their Europa Conference League game last Thursday.

At all Champions League matches involving British clubs, players will wear black armbands and observe a minute’s silence.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Europa League game against PSV on Thursday has been postponed due to a lack of police resources ahead of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday.

Arsenal are confident they can rearrange the game to avoid a loss.

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