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Rangers vs Napoli rescheduled following death of Queen Elizabeth II

Rangers Ibrox stadium in preparation for a UEFA Champions League game

UEFA has announced that Rangers’ Champions League home tie against Napoli has been moved back 24 hours after the Queen’s death placed ‘severe limitations on police resources’.

The match was scheduled for Tuesday but has been pushed back to the following day. Away fans are banned for both legs of the game.

A statement from European football’s governing body reads: “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 21.00 (CET).

“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 15.00 (CET).

“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.”

All Premier League and Football League matches this weekend are postponed to show respect to the Queen.

Games in the Women’s Super League, Women’s Championship and Women’s FA Cup have also been postponed.

The Scottish Football Association postponed all professional games over the weekend. The same was announced in Northern Ireland and Wales.

The National Police Chief’s Council announced a national policing operation. They said the UK Police were working to ensure that events are safe and secure so games can be staged.

The NPCC said (via Sky Sports), “This is a unique situation, and we are working closely with everyone involved.”

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