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Napoli fans banned from Rangers Champions League clash with fixture moved

Napoli fans are banned from attending Rangers’ Champions League clash and the fixture will now be played a day later than planned.

The match will now be played on Wednesday, with UEFA citing fears of having a lack of ‘police resources’ owing to the events going ahead to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth III. The European encounter – which is set to be played at the Ibrox – will now be played on September 14 instead.

In a statement released by UEFA, the body detailed why they have taken such action: “UEFA today announced that the UEFA Champions League tie between Rangers FC and SSC Napoli, originally to be played on Tuesday 13 September, has been rescheduled for Wednesday 14 September at 21.00CET.

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“This is due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In addition, it was agreed to also postpone the UEFA Youth League game between both teams from Tuesday 13 September to Wednesday 14 September at 15.00CET."

The statement continued: “Away fans will not be authorised at the games, and as a matter of sporting fairness, Rangers' fans will not be authorised for the return legs in Naples. UEFA urges fans not to travel and to respect this extraordinary situation. Kind regards.”

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The decision, however, has caused outrage on social media, with many complaining about the lack of notice that has been given. One raged: “Who is going to compensate the fans who have already paid for travel and hotels etc?”

Another said: “Uefa have zero regard to fans, I understand the situation but to say no away fans is mental. So much money been spent for fans travelling to both legs.” A third wrote: “As a neutral, I think this is utter horses**t and Napoli fans should be livid.”

Napoli – who thrashed Liverpool 4-1 on home soil in their opening Champions League encounter – are yet to respond to the rearrangement.

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