Fulham tie to go ahead
Fulham's Europa League semifinal first leg with Hamburg is to go ahead this week despite the travel chaos engulfing Europe as a result of volcanic ash grounding huge numbers of flights, the English club confirmed on Monday.
The match is due to be played in Hamburg on Thursday evening and the Fulham squad have to be in the German port 24 hours earlier.
Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson is hoping flights will be resumed by Wednesday but the club has made alternative arrangements in case that does not happen.
"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," a club statement read.
Although the squad will be able to get to Hamburg, Fulham fans who had planned to fly to Germany may miss out on the biggest European match in the west London club's history.
The club statement added: "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."