Bayern Munich fans protest impact of Queen's death on football with 'respect' banner

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Bayern Munich fans have protested the impact of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing on match-going football supporters – by pleading for respect. The Bavarian giant’s die-hard fanatics are largely renowned for speaking out on social and political topics related to the sport and decided to take a stand during Tuesday night’s Champions League clash with Barcelona in Germany.

Ahead of and throughout the match, a display was held up behind the goal as Bayern supporters issued support for their English and Scottish counterparts.

The banner read: “Last-minute match delays and bans because of a royal’s death!? Respect fans!”

It’s understood the motive behind Bayern’s display was the rearranged fixture between Rangers and Napoli, originally scheduled to take place at Ibrox on Tuesday night before being moved to Wednesday.

The call was made at short notice in correspondence with reports of ‘severe limitations’ to security and policing resources in Scotland following the passing of Her Majesty.

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Last weekend, all football matches in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were postponed following the tragic news.

The decision was largely criticised within sporting circles with many feeling as though this was an opportunity missed for the United Kingdom to come together and pay their respects.

Football returned on Tuesday when UEFA competitions were given the green light to go ahead – although Arsenal’s Europa League match with PSV Eindhoven on Thursday has been postponed due to security and policing complications.

The Premier League will also be back next Friday but three of next weekend’s matches have been waved off.

That includes Manchester United vs Leeds – a Category A figure – Chelsea vs Liverpool and Brighton vs Crystal Palace, which was already postponed due to planned rail strikes.

All European matches played on Thursday just hours after the Queen’s death observed one minute’s silence for Her Majesty.

The same applied on Tuesday when both Liverpool and Tottenham were among those to pay their respects to the late Queen.

Football League and National League matches were also back on Tuesday and the Football Association has also given Non-League and grassroots football permission to return.



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