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Thursday 22 February 2018

Fulham game goes ahead

Fulham's Europa League semi-final first leg against Hamburg in Germany is set to go ahead on Thursday, the club have confirmed.

Sport across Europe has been hit by the fall-out from air travel restrictions because of the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.

However, UEFA had already confirmed this week's Champions League semi-finals would go ahead as planned - although Barcelona and Lyon have been forced to travel by coach for their respective first-leg matches against Inter Milan tomorrow and Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Fulham's game is also on, but the Barclays Premier League club admit they are unable to guarantee whether flights for supporters and travelling media would run as scheduled.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are looking at a contingency plan for alternative travel options to Madrid should UEFA decide to press ahead with their Europa League semi-final against Atletico.

A Fulham statement read: "The club can confirm that its Europa League semi-final match v Hamburg will take place on Thursday 22 April (kick-off 8:05 BST), as planned.

"The team has a contingency plan for travel to enable them to arrive in Hamburg in time for their scheduled match preparations on Wednesday evening.

"At this stage the club still cannot confirm whether the planes scheduled to depart on Wednesday and Thursday to transport fans and media will be able to travel, and is in regular dialogue with the aviation authorities to enable it to inform all parties at the earliest opportunity when a decision is made."

With the flying ban extended until tomorrow morning at the earliest, Liverpool are having to plan for a worst-case scenario by tackling the 2,600-mile round trip overland.

Combination of road and rail travel is another potential option but any plans cannot be finalised until UEFA have made their decision, which is expected later today.

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