Rangers’ Champions League tie with Napoli has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 14, UEFA has announced.
The tie, originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday, September 13, has been moved back due to “severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues” and away fans will not be permitted for both legs, UEFA said.
A UEFA statement read: “UEFA today announced that the UEFA Champions League tie between Rangers FC and SSC Napoli, originally to be played on Tuesday 13 September, has been rescheduled for Wednesday 14 September at 21.00CET.
The #UCL match between Rangers and Napoli, originally to be played on Tuesday 13 September, has been rescheduled for Wednesday 14 September.
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— UEFA (@UEFA) September 11, 2022
“This is due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“In addition, it was agreed to also postpone the UEFA Youth League game between both teams from Tuesday 13 September to Wednesday 14 September at 15.00CET.
“Away fans will not be authorised at the games, and as a matter of sporting fairness, Rangers’ fans will not be authorised for the return legs in Naples. UEFA urges fans not to travel and to respect this extraordinary situation.”
The National League announced plans to resume activity as scheduled following the postponement of its weekend fixtures.
A league statement read: “The League can confirm that further to the announcement that the funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held on Monday 19 September, National League fixtures for week commencing Monday 12 September will go ahead as scheduled.
“Clubs, for all fixtures up until the funeral, will observe a one-minute silence prior to the game and will wear black armbands as a mark of respect to Her Majesty.”
The National Police Chief’s Council said in a statement that a national policing operation had been activated and that UK Policing was working closely with other organisations to ensure events are held “safely and with the appropriate security”.
A statement from Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Martin Hewitt. pic.twitter.com/DC3XZvzRhQ
— National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) (@PoliceChiefs) September 8, 2022
The NPCC added: “Following the decisions of the Premier League and English Football League to cancel this weekend’s matches, we will work with football clubs to try and ensure that, where possible, football fixtures can take place safely when balanced against the requirement to support national events and deliver day to day policing.
“This is a unique situation and we are working closely with everyone involved.”
Meanwhile, all six Gallagher Premiership matches next weekend will go ahead as planned unless there is a directive from the Government, the PA news agency understands.
The opening round of Premiership fixtures did take place this weekend, although Friday’s two games were pushed back to Saturday and Sunday following the Queen’s death.
Further guidance for matches and rugby activity during the remainder of the national mourning period is expected to follow as early as possible next week.
The Betfred Super League play-off semi-finals will also go ahead on September 16 and 17, it has been announced.
Wigan will play Leeds at the DW Stadium on Friday, September 16 and St Helens will face Salford at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Saturday, September 17.
Statement | Play-offs and Super League Awards
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) September 11, 2022
A Super League statement read: “Following the announcement by Buckingham Palace that the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place on Monday 19 September, Super League can confirm that the Betfred Super League play-off semi-finals, scheduled for Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September, will proceed as arranged.
“As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Betfred Super League Awards, which was scheduled to take place at Headingley Stadium on the evening of Monday 19 September will now take place at the same venue on Tuesday 20 September.”
LV= Insurance County Championship matches starting on Monday, England women’s ODI games on Tuesday, Thursday and the weekend and the Royal London Cup on Saturday will all go ahead, PA understands.
UK sports other governing bodies will continue to assess any possible impact The Queen’s funeral could have with scheduled fixtures and events.
All football fixtures in the UK were postponed this weekend, along with Friday and Saturday’s planned horse racing meetings, as a mark of respect following The Queen’s death on Thursday.
Many other sporting occasions went ahead, offering spectators and participants opportunities to pay their respects.
A beautiful few moments as cricket pays its respects to Her Majesty The Queen. pic.twitter.com/3QnZiFEOKq
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 10, 2022
In the Test match between England and South Africa at the Kia Oval, players wore black armbands and there was a rendition of God Save the King.
On day three at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, a two-minute period of silence was held, while there were also tributes ahead of the Betfred Super League Play-Off Eliminator between Huddersfield and Salford as well as Gallagher Premiership matches.
The official mourning guidance, published by the Government on Friday morning, stated there was no obligation on sports organisations to cancel or reschedule events.
In a statement confirming the weekend’s postponements, the Premier League said further updates regarding fixtures during the period of mourning will “be provided in due course”.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) September 10, 2022
PA understands that position has not changed following confirmation The Queen’s funeral will take place at Westminster Abbey on September 19, which will be a public Bank Holiday.
The next set of Premier League games are on Friday night, when Aston Villa host Southampton and Fulham travel to Nottingham Forest.
In London, Tottenham take on Leicester at 5.30pm, while Sunday’s fixtures see Brentford play Arsenal at 2pm while Chelsea are at home to Liverpool in the 4.30pm live broadcast slot.
Discussions with UEFA are ongoing with regard to the scheduled European fixtures next week involving British clubs in the Champions League, Europa League and European Conference League.
As it stands, the scheduled English Football League programme is set to recommence on Tuesday.
The club has issued the following statement ahead of two upcoming games at The Den.
— Millwall FC (@MillwallFC) September 10, 2022
However, PA understands there maybe resourcing issues, particularly in respect of policing, associated with some fixtures which will need to be discussed on a fixture-by-fixture basis over the period ahead, in line with each local authority’s Safety Advisory Group protocols.
Millwall are set to play two home games next week, against QPR on Wednesday and Blackpool on Saturday.
There will be no racing in Britain on the day of The Queen’s funeral.
The British Horseracing Authority confirmed on Saturday evening that the September 19 meetings scheduled for Hamilton, Leicester, Warwick and Wolverhampton will be cancelled as a mark of respect.