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Rangers’ move to ban away fans from Champions League clash with Napoli will allow 90% FEWER officers

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REVEALED: Rangers’ move to ban away fans from Champions League clash with Napoli ‘will allow police to send 90% FEWER officers to Ibrox’… as more clubs face postponements on account of stretched policing

  • Rangers’ UEFA Champions League clash with Napoli has been pushed back a day
  • The Scottish side have also decided to ban away fans from the match on the Ibrox
  • The choice will allow police to send 90% fewer officers to the European match
  • UEFA has banned Rangers fans from travelling to Naples for ‘sporting fairness’ 

Rangers’ decision to ban away fans from their Champions League clash with Napoli will allow the police to send 90 per cent fewer officers, as forces remain stretched on account of restrictions with policing resources after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Government will hold a gathering with all major sports on Monday morning and the intention is for fixtures to go ahead wherever possible. 

Nonetheless, the strain on police resources before and in the course of the Queen’s funeral every week on Monday may result in more postponements within the Premier League this weekend.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side have had their first home Champions League group stage fixture in 12 years delayed due to concerns over policing within the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death – moving the match from Tuesday to Wednesday evening.

The move to each delay the fixture and ban away fans is known to mean police numbers at and around Ibrox will be a couple of tenth of what they’d be with rival fans attending, in line with The Times.

Police Scotland resources might be heavily stretched on Tuesday, when the Queen’s coffin might be flown south, which also played a component in the choice.

Rangers’ move to ban away fans from Napoli match will allow police to send 90% fewer officers

It will be decided on Monday if football can resume after last weekend' matches were called off

It’s going to be selected Monday if football can resume after last weekend’ matches were called off

A club statement said: ‘That is on account of the severe limitations on policing resources and organisational challenges related to the continued events surrounding the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

‘Rangers, after all, recognise this switch in date will inconvenience plenty of our loyal supporters, and refunds might be available to those unable to attend the match.’

The club also confirmed that there’ll no Napoli fans on the match, which can allow them to make more tickets available for fans to look at Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.

The identical might be on the away fixture to support ‘sporting integrity’.

The fixture has been delayed and there might be no Napoli away fans present in the course of the match

The statement continued: ‘Moreover, no away supporters might be present on the match, allowing the club to make additional tickets available to MyGers members as a priority.

‘UEFA have also confirmed that as a matter of sporting integrity, no Rangers fans might be permitted to attend the return fixture in Naples.

‘The club can only apologise for any inconvenience attributable to probably the most unique and sad circumstances that are beyond our control.’ 

Rangers lost their opening fixture of the Champions League competition away at Ajax as they were beaten 4-0 on the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Napoli nevertheless began in positive fashion as they beat Premier League side Liverpool 4-1 on the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium. 

Napoli beat Premier League side Liverpool 4-1 in their Champions League group-stage opener

Napoli beat Premier League side Liverpool 4-1 of their Champions League group-stage opener

Liverpool, who’re in the identical group as Napoli and Rangers, are on account of host Ajax on Tuesday night but questions still remain over the fixture. 

Manchester City and Chelsea have home matches on Wednesday within the Champions League.

There may be also a full EFL programme expected to be played in midweek and full Premier League schedule on the weekend.

The football authorities plan for as many matches as possible to go ahead, but clubs’ safety advisory groups will make their decisions game by game, with the important thing issue being around police resources.

Extra police will likely be demanded in London while the Queen is lying in state at Westminster Hall and within the build-up to the state funeral. 

Forces outside London can also should send officers to the capital city.

Which will affect some Premier League and Football League matches once more this weekend, however the Women’s Super League, National League and grassroots football games should find a way to resume.

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