The Champions League match between Glasgow Rangers and Naples (day 2) has been postponed from Tuesday to next Wednesday due to logistical constraints linked to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, UEFA announced on Sunday. The decision to postpone this 24-hour Group A poster – that is, to Wednesday 9:00 p.m. – was made “due to severe police and organizational resource constraints related to (…) the bereavement national” after the death of the queen, explained the European body in a press release.
For the same reasons, Napoli supporters will not be able to attend the match, UEFA added, noting that in the interests of fairness those of Rangers will also be unable to travel to Italy for the return match on 26 October. “UEFA urges the supporters” of the two clubs “to respect these exceptional circumstances” and not to make these trips. Elizabeth II died Thursday at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, and her remains were to be transported to Edinburgh on Sunday, before reaching London, strongly mobilizing the Scottish police.
Following the death of the 96-year-old monarch, all Scottish Championship games scheduled for this weekend, like those of the English Championship, have been postponed indefinitely. On Sunday, in a separate press release, the Rangers club for its part indicated “recognize the inconvenience caused by this change” in the programming of its first Champions League match at home, and apologized. He assured that ticket holders unable to attend the meeting on Wednesday would be reimbursed. The Scottish club started their C1 campaign badly, with a 4-0 defeat last Wednesday at Ajax Amsterdam.