Liverpool and Rangers still expect their Champions League games to continue next week, despite the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Reds are slated to face Ajax on Tuesday night at Anfield, while the Gers face Napoli that same night at Ibrox.
The news of the Queen’s death was announced on Thursday evening, after which the Premier League and the Scottish Premiership decided to postpone all games this weekend. There has been no official UEFA announcement as to whether European matches with English and Scottish clubs will be canceled next week. But according to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds expect to welcome Ajax to Merseyside and are planning the clash as normal.
Rangers, meanwhile, have released a statement confirming that their meeting with Napoli will go ahead as planned. “At this difficult time for the UK, we are aware of the ongoing uncertainty about support arrangements and travel plans for next week,” the statement said.
“We are aware of the pressure on the police and resources, especially on Tuesday 13 September. We can confirm that discussions are underway between UEFA, Police Scotland and Rangers regarding our scheduled UEFA Champions League game against Napoli on Tuesday 13 September. As present, the match is scheduled for the scheduled date and time. ”
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Liverpool and Rangers are now awaiting updates from UEFA in the coming days. And the European football board, which posted a message honoring Her Majesty on Thursday, will have to act quickly if they decide to postpone the games.
“European football offers its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and the citizens of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth,” said a statement from UEFA. “UEFA announces that a moment of silence has been observed tonight at matches involving British teams as a mark of respect following the sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
And UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin added: “UEFA and European football are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, one of the world’s most respected figures. Our thoughts are with her family and the president of England Football Association, Prince William, as well as among the citizens of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”
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