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UEFA update on travel disruption

UEFA continues to closely monitor the travel situation across Europe and beyond, in an effort to confirm the staging of a number of European games due to be played this week.

UEFA update on travel disruption
UEFA update on travel disruption ©UEFA.com

UEFA is continuing to closely monitor the travel situation throughout Europe and beyond, in an effort to confirm the staging of a number of matches that are due to take place this week in UEFA competitions.

Regarding the UEFA Europa League semi-final first-leg matches scheduled for Thursday 22 April, between Club Atlético de Madrid and Liverpool FC, and Hamburger SV and Fulham FC, it is planned that both games will go ahead as normal.

However, with the majority of airspace over Europe still closed and other forms of transport limited or fully booked, UEFA is in close contact with both English clubs on the travel options available to them.

Further news and information on the exact travel possibilities for these away teams is expected over the next 24 hours.

UEFA was forced to postpone Sunday's UEFA Women's Champions League semi-final decider between Umeå IK and Olympique Lyonnais due to the travel disruption caused by the volcanic ash cloud.

Other UEFA fixtures that may be affected this week, and that are being monitored, include: the UEFA Futsal Cup finals in Lisbon, Portugal, with club teams from Azerbaijan, Italy, Spain and Portugal taking part from Friday 23 April to Sunday 25 April; and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier between the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Netherlands.

The two UEFA Champions League matches scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday this week, between FC Internazionale Milano and FC Barcelona, and FC Bayern München and Olympique Lyonnais, are to go ahead as planned, with both visiting sides travelling overland to the games by coach.

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