Fixtures remain up in the air

Liverpool and Fulham fans will all be hoping travel problems ease over the next 24 hours to allow their respective Europa League semi-finals first-leg ties to go ahead.

Liverpool and Fulham fans will all be hoping travel problems ease over the next 24 hours to allow their respective Europa League semi-finals first-leg ties to go ahead.

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

However, flights are finally expected to start again in the UK this morning for Scotland and part of northern England, with airspace above the rest of the country potentially open again later in the day provided overnight reports of a new ash cloud does not cause further problems.

UEFA, football’s European governing body, 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 and Bayern Munich.

Fulham’s game in Hamburg and Liverpool’s trip to Atletico Madrid are also currently on – but there remain no guarantees whether flights for travelling supporters would run as scheduled.

Indeed, should the travel situation continue to be such a problem, then UEFA could still postpone the fixtures.

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