Rangers vs Napoli match in Champions League It was postponed for 24 hours, to Wednesday night, after the Queen’s death which led to “severe restrictions on police resources”.
No outside fans will be allowed at Ibrox in a ruling, “in sporting fairness”, that will also apply to the back game in Naples. UEFA has urged both groups of fans to respect the “extraordinary situation” by not traveling to any of the outdoor matches.
The news follows the postponement of weekend football matches in Britain and Northern Ireland as a sign of respect. Horse racing meetings on Friday and Saturday have also been cancelled, but other major sports including cricket, golf, rugby league and rugby union have been moved forward.
The National League has since announced plans to resume activity as planned. “The League can confirm that in addition to announcing that Her Majesty’s funeral will be held on Monday, September 19, the National League matches for the week of Monday, September 12 will proceed as scheduled,” the statement read.
“The clubs, in all matches until the funeral, will observe a minute’s silence before the match and will wear black armbands as a sign of respect.”
The Football League program scheduled for Tuesday is also scheduled to resume.
With central London likely to draw crowds in the coming days, Notice The Napoli match may not be the last to suffer a knock-on effect on police resources following the Queen’s death.
Tottenham meet Leicester on Saturday, Brentford meet Arsenal, while Chelsea and Liverpool meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police on Saturday read: “The holding of matches is a matter for the football authorities. Should the fit-out be made, the Met will work with the relevant partners and ensure that appropriate police plans are in place.”
A DCMS spokesperson said: “Our guidance will remain the same. There is no obligation to cancel as far as the government is concerned. But it is ultimately up to the Premier League and the EFL to make those decisions.”
The decision to postpone weekend football – which was taken before most other major sports – has proven controversial, not least because the government’s official mourning directive stated that “there is no obligation to cancel or postpone sporting events and matches”.
The Football Supporters’ Association described it as a missed opportunity for people to “pay their respects to the Queen alongside fellow fans” – an argument arguably borne out by events at the Oval, and the Test match between England and South Africa preceded a historic one. Peace be upon God save the kingPlayers from both sides wear black armbands.
On the third day of the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth, two minutes of silencewhile there was also honors before the Premier League elimination match between Huddersfield and Salford as well as in rugby union, in Premier League matches.
The Premier League have also confirmed that the play-off semi-finals – Wigan vs Leeds and St Helens vs Salford – will go ahead as planned on 16-17 September, although the end-of-season awards have been rearranged after Buckingham Palace was confirmed. Monday 19 September is the date of the Queen’s funeral.
There will be no races 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 sign of respect.
More guidance is expected to follow for the remainder of the national mourning period as soon as next week.