Rangers’ Champions League game against Napoli has been postponed to Wednesday 14 September, UEFA announced.
The clash, initially scheduled for Tuesday September 13, was postponed after the Queen’s death due to “severe constraints on police resources and organizational problems” and away fans will not be allowed into either game, UEFA said.
A UEFA statement read: “UEFA today announced that the UEFA Champions League clash between Rangers FC and SSC Napoli, originally due to be played on Tuesday 13 September, has been postponed to Wednesday 14 September , at 21:00 CET has been postponed.
“This is due to severe limitations in police resources and organizational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“Furthermore, it has been agreed that the UEFA Youth League game between the two teams will also be rescheduled from Tuesday 13 September to Wednesday 14 September at 15:00 CET.
“Away fans will not be admitted to the games and, for reasons of sporting fairness, Rangers fans will not be admitted to the Napoli return games. UEFA urges fans not to travel and to respect this extraordinary situation.”
The National Police Chiefs’ Council said in a statement that a national policing operation had been activated and that UK police are working closely with other organizations to ensure events are held “safely and with appropriate security”.
The NPCC added: “Following the decisions of the Premier League and English Football League to cancel this weekend’s matches, we will be working with football clubs to ensure football matches can safely take place where possible when balanced against the need for support national events and conduct everyday police work.
“This is a unique situation and we are working closely with everyone involved.”
Elsewhere, the Betfred Super League play-off semi-finals will take place as scheduled on September 16-17, it has been announced.
Wigan take on Leeds on Friday 16 September at the DW Stadium and St Helens take on Salford on Saturday 17 September at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
A Super League statement said: “Following the announcement by Buckingham Palace that the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Monday 19 and Saturday 17 September will proceed as agreed.
“As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Betfred Super League Awards, which were due to be held at Headingley Stadium on the evening of September 19, will now be held at the same venue on Tuesday September 20.”
Other British sporting bodies will continue to assess any possible impact the Queen’s funeral could have on scheduled matches and events.
All football matches in the UK have been postponed this weekend, along with scheduled horse races on Friday and Saturday, as a mark of respect after the Queen’s death on Thursday.
Many other sporting events took place and offered opportunities for spectators and participants to pay their respects.
During the England v South Africa friendly at the Kia Oval, the players wore black armbands and there was a performance of God Save the King.
A two-minute silence was observed on day three of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, while tributes were also observed ahead of the Betfred Super League Play-Off Eliminator between Huddersfield and Salford and the Gallagher Premiership games.
The official bereavement guidance released by the government on Friday morning says sporting organizations have no obligation to cancel or reschedule events.
In a statement confirming the weekend’s postponements, the Premier League said further updates on matches during the mourning period “will be provided in due course”.
PA understands position has not changed after confirmation. The Queen’s funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey on September 19, a public holiday.
The next Premier League games are on Friday night when Aston Villa hosts Southampton and Fulham travel to Nottingham Forest.
In London, Tottenham meet Leicester at 5.30pm, while Brentford play Arsenal at 2pm on Sunday, while Chelsea are home to Liverpool at 4.30pm.
Discussions are underway with UEFA regarding next week’s scheduled European clashes with British clubs in the Champions League, Europa League and European Conference League.
It looks like the scheduled English Football League program is set to resume on Tuesday.
However, PA understands that there may be resource issues, particularly in relation to policing associated with some devices, which will need to be discussed device by device in the coming period in accordance with the protocols of each local authority’s security advisory groups.
Millwall will play two home games next week, against QPR on Wednesday and Blackpool on Saturday.
The opening round of Gallagher Premiership games took place, with both games scheduled for Friday night postponed to the weekend.
Further guidance on matches and rugby activities during the remainder of the national mourning period is expected to follow as early as next week.
There are no races in Britain on the day of the Queen’s funeral.
Britain’s horse racing authorities confirmed on Saturday night that September 19 meetings scheduled for Hamilton, Leicester, Warwick and Wolverhampton are being canceled out of respect.
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