GRAEME SOUNESS: A jumped-up UEFA minion tells us we can’t sing our national anthem after the death of our Queen of 70 years? Dream on! Rangers were right to defy such a ridiculous order

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  • Rangers played the national anthem before their Europa League game this week
  • UEFA tells British clubs they cannot do so in wake of Queen’s death
  • Soccer matches were postponed last weekend as other sports continued
  • It is worth remembering that there is a bigger picture and a world beyond our game.

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It made me equally sad and angry that a handful of people showed disrespect during minutes of silence at certain games this week.

The bottom line is that someone has died. A family is in mourning. This is our queen. my queen. A woman who has rendered 70 years of selfless service. The supreme example of what it is to be a public servant.

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I make no claim to be a historian but I do say that without a doubt we are talking about the greatest woman to ever live within our shores and arguably the greatest British woman ever. You talk about the likes of Winston Churchill, who served this country so well. But this woman has served her country for 70 years. Innocently, in everything he did.

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Rangers play the national anthem ahead of their Europa League game with Napoli on Thursday

The way they protested for some mindless idiot was an embarrassment to them, an embarrassment to their football clubs, and an act of utter classlessness.

The word ‘respect’ is not even in the vocabulary of these people. Thank god they were a small minority and the sport we love has garnered many millions of appreciation for a monarch who was also the patron of the FA of England.

If you’re talking about the other end of the scale – and beyond – my old club Glasgow Rangers paid their tribute on Wednesday night. The coordination and detail that went into producing the Queen’s silhouette against a Union flag, covering the Brumlon stand, was spectacular.

The national anthem was still playing despite UEFA’s very ridiculous order that they should not do so.

UEFA tells British clubs they can't play the national anthem after Queen's death

UEFA tells British clubs they can’t play the national anthem after Queen’s death

Rangers - and other clubs across the country also observed a minute's silence for Her Majesty

Rangers – and other clubs across the country also observed a minute’s silence for Her Majesty

Ibrox’s domestic supporters always went to sing the national anthem and were never one to obey an unknown bureaucrat sitting in Nyon. Dream if you felt that order was being followed. Some jumpy UEFA executives think they can tell us we can’t sing our national anthem after our 70-year-old queen dies. It was never going to happen.

Didn’t play the song? Wait a minute. It’s only football we’re talking about. Our Emperor passed away and some minions at UEFA tell us what we can and can’t do. I don’t know who on earth came up with this decision.

The need for due respect and perspective also made it 100 percent correct that football matches at all levels were canceled last weekend. I saw that barely 24 hours after our queen’s death, the rafters were being praised for running cricket, but there should have been no game.

The fact that he started the Test series against South Africa doesn’t matter. This is game. A game of cricket. a game of football. It means nothing, just nothing in the vast expanse of our national history. At this point in time, no mark of respect can be too great.

England's deciding Test against South Africa continued last weekend at The Oval

England’s deciding Test against South Africa continued last weekend at The Oval

This will be a weekend of reflection for me. I’m doing the charity kiltwalk tomorrow in my hometown of Edinburgh, which this week gave the Queen a final farewell in such an unforgettable way. My son James and I will walk 21 miles to help Dan Debra, which primarily helps children. The charity I’m vice president of does a wonderful job.

And as soon as I finish there, I’ll travel to the airport for a flight south and back home to Dorset, before heading to London for the funeral.

If I could be 100 yards away, 200 yards away, I’d be there. I was born a month before his coronation. To me, this seems like such an important moment.

Football is starting again. The brawls, dramas and skills we all love are already a part of our lives once again.

A few days without it, remembering that there’s a bigger picture and a world beyond our sport, didn’t hurt anyone—even if some didn’t get the general decency to display basic respect.

Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at Balmoral last week at the age of 96

Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at Balmoral last week at the age of 96

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My debate about Chelsea boss Todd Boehley – and whether Thomas Tuchel should have been sacked – with Simon Jordan on our talkSPORT show this week was my happiest so far.

Simon and I agree a surprising amount, although we’ll have our moments on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, co-host Jim White is sitting there with a big can of petrol, just occasionally starting a fire.

When you’re the manager at a press conference after the game’s over, you’re vulnerable because your feelings aren’t quite as they should be and you know the journalists are trying to get a headline from you.

It’s the same thing with gyms. Under his desk is an endless supply of Jerry’s cans. I am really enjoying it.

Spare US ‘Soccer’ Lecture, Bohli

Here comes Todd Boehley, who is entering the Premier League – the most successful, most watched and most envied league in ‘soccer’ history – immediately informing us that we have to play the North vs South match and the relegation play-off. is required.

Chelsea boss Todd Boehli proposes 'North vs South' game in Premier League

Chelsea boss Todd Boehli proposes ‘North vs South’ game in Premier League

Aside from the obvious fixture crowd, there’s a very good reason why there would be no appetite for an American-style North versus South match.

North America is a continent, whereas we are a small island. Culturally and geographically, our nations are very different. I wouldn’t say we can’t improve in individual areas, but there’s no telling us what we should do after five minutes into our game.

Erling is a goalscorer but also a team player.

It’s the less obvious things that tell me that Erling Haaland is a very special player. For example, their target function.

For many players these days it’s an ‘me, me, me’ celebration, running into the crowd and kissing the badges. This is not Haaland’s way. He celebrates with his teammates and also praises them. It shows me a maturity that is far beyond his 22 years.

Erling Haaland always makes sure he celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal

Erling Haaland always makes sure he celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal

Costa is an off-air trader, but he’s worth the trouble

I’ve always thought that Diego Costa looks like someone who is into spaghetti westerns. He is a robber and I must say I would have loved to play against him and with him. He is a player who would have been at home here in the 1980s.

The fascinating part for me, when I watch him play, is that he enjoys every duel that comes his way. He wants to be the catalyst. He wants you to focus on him, not your game. You know he’s going to wind you up. He’s going to stand on you. When the ball is not with you, it will hit you. He’ll drop a leg here, an elbow there.

He is just Mr Agro and yes, I was definitely thinking of going up against such a contestant.

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has signed a deal with Wolves until the end of the season

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has signed a deal with Wolves until the end of the season

He has just come to wolves at 33 years old – an age when he should have a lot of life left in him, although what is going on in his head is less certain.

He has been a tough guy to manage wherever he has gone and as his manager, you have to be prepared to look the other way at opportunities.

This is a bargain. As a manager, you go to the judgment that it deserves the special attention you have to give him, because that’s what he brings.

The 33-year-old has earned a reputation for being an aggressive and furious player.

The 33-year-old has earned a reputation for being an aggressive and furious player.

But he also comes Molineux in a respected career with a lot of experience under his belt.

But he also comes Molineux in a respected career with a lot of experience under his belt.

I look at the wolves and realize that the targets are the last piece of the puzzle. They have some lovely players who create chances in every match. But Raul Jimenez has not been able to get him the goal he was after almost two years ago with a serious head injury.

Premier League struggler Fabio Silva has been out on loan for Anderlecht. Sasa Kalajadzik was injured during his debut earlier this month.

Costa has been back in Brazil at Atlético Mineiro since August last year and hasn’t played since January, but he will be fine. He’ll be standing in the tunnel, looking the defenders in the eye, thinking: ‘I’m going to drop a little bit on you at the first opportunity and see what reaction I get.’ She is still very much with him. I’m not sure you’ll ever lose it.

Raul Jimenez has struggled to rediscover his stellar form since returning from a head injury

Raul Jimenez has struggled to rediscover his stellar form since returning from a head injury

Costa pretended to cough at reporters at Atletico when the Covid-19 pandemic began

Costa pretended to cough at reporters at Atletico when the Covid-19 pandemic began

It’s personal with him. If he doesn’t go out every time to get into an argument and talk to someone, he feels like he’s not participating in the game. And it will take a toll on teammates who aren’t ready to fight. If they see someone who wants to fight everyone and anyone, they will respond.

Some aspects of his conduct have been unacceptable. Pretending to cough at reporters, when he played for Atletico Madrid at Anfield at the start of the Covid pandemic, it was not something we should ever see in our football. He’s better than this and doesn’t want to be remembered for it.

But there is nothing like experience in life. Costa brings a lot to it, from the top tiers of football, along with Chelsea and Atlético. The wrong side of a striker 30 has to be pretty special if he’s going to score goals in our league. I think Costa will do.

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