REVEALED: Rangers’ move to ban fans from Champions League clash with Napoli ‘will allow police to send 90% Fewer officers to Ibrox’… as more clubs face delays due to lengthy policing
- Rangers’ UEFA Champions League clash with Napoli has been postponed by a day
- The Scottish side has also decided to ban any outstanding fans from the game at the Ibrox
- The decision will allow the police to send 90% fewer officers to the European competition
- UEFA bans Rangers fans from traveling to Naples for ‘sporting justice’
Rangers’ decision to bar fans from their Champions League clash with Napoli will allow police to send 90 percent fewer officers as forces remain limited following the death of Queen Elizabeth II due to police restrictions.
The government will hold a meeting with all major sports on Monday morning and the intention is that the competitions continue as much as possible.
However, the pressure on police resources before and during the Queen’s funeral a week on Monday could lead to more delays in the Premier League this weekend.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have postponed their first Champions League group stage home game in 12 years due to police concerns over the death of Queen Elizabeth II – the game has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday evening.
The move to both postpone the match and ban fans means police numbers in and around Ibrox could be about a tenth of what they would be if rival fans were present, police said. The times.
Police Scotland’s resources will be heavily taxed on Tuesday, when the Queen’s coffin is flown south, which also played a role in the decision.
Rangers’ move to ban fans from Napoli match allows police to send 90% fewer officers
A decision will be made on Monday whether football can resume after last weekend’s games were cancelled
A club statement said: ‘This is due to the serious constraints on police resources and organizational challenges associated with the ongoing events surrounding the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“Rangers recognize, of course, that this date change will hinder some of our staunch supporters, and refunds will be available for those unable to attend the match.”
The club also confirmed that there will be no Napoli fans at the match, allowing them to make more tickets available for fans to see Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.
The same will be done at the away game to support ‘sporting integrity’.
The match has been postponed and there will be no Napoli fans during the match
The statement continued: “In addition, there will be no away supporters at the match, allowing the club to make additional tickets available to MyGers members on a priority basis.
UEFA has also confirmed that due to sporting integrity, Rangers fans will not be allowed to attend the return leg in Naples.
“The club can only apologize for any inconvenience caused by the most unique and saddening circumstances beyond our control.”
Rangers lost their opening match of the Champions League competition to Ajax when they were beaten 4-0 in the Johan Cruijff Arena.
However, Napoli got off to a great start when they beat Premier League club Liverpool 4-1 at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Napoli defeated Premier League side Liverpool 4-1 in their Champions League group stage opener
Liverpool, which is in the same group as Napoli and Rangers, will receive Ajax on Tuesday evening, but questions about the match still remain.
Manchester City and Chelsea have home games in the Champions League on Wednesday.
There is also a full EFL schedule expected to be played in the midweek and the full Premier League schedule over the weekend.
Football authorities plan to allow as many matches as possible, but clubs’ safety advisory groups will make their decisions on a match by match basis, with the main issue being police resources.
Additional police will likely be demanded in London while the Queen lies in state in Westminster Hall and in the run-up to the state funeral.
Forces outside London may also need to send officers to the capital.
That could affect some Premier League and Football League matches again this weekend, but Women’s Super League, National League and grassroots football matches should be allowed to resume.