UEFA has confirmed that this week’s Champions League ties will go ahead as planned despite the volcanic ash clouds restricting air travel around Europe.
Barcelona will travel to Italy to face Inter by coach on Sunday, while French side Lyon are set to undertake a similar journey to Germany to face Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
A statement on the UEFA website read: “Both of this week’s UEFA Champions League semi-final first legs will go ahead as scheduled this week despite the current restriction on European air travel due to the volcanic cloud.
“The refereeing team that has been announced for the match on Tuesday is so far maintained and a backup appointment has been prepared in case it should prove necessary to make a replacement.
“Both visiting teams have taken all the necessary steps to rearrange their travel plans to ensure they reach their match venues on time. FC Barcelona are away to FC Internazionale Milano at 20.45CET on Tuesday and Olympique Lyonnais are at FC Bayern Munchen 24 hours later.”
Liverpool and Fulham are due to travel to Spain and Germany respectively this week for their Europa League semi-final first legs, but UEFA has yet to decide whether those games will proceed.
The statement continued: “A decision will be taken in the coming days about Thursday’s two UEFA Europa League matches: Club Atletico de Madrid v Liverpool FC and Hamburger SV v Fulham FC, as well as for the UEFA Futsal Cup finals in Lisbon from Friday. However, Sunday’s UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-final between Umea IK and Lyon in Sweden was postponed as the French side were unable to travel.”