Fulham’s game to go ahead

Fulham's Europa League semi-final first leg trip to Hamburg will go ahead as planned on Thursday, despite the travel disruption caused by the cloud of volcanic ash.

Last week's eruption in Iceland has grounded air travel across Europe, but the game at the HSH Nordbank Arena in northern Germany will definitely take place, according to the Cottagers.

The London club have revealed contingency plans should the current ban on air travel continue.

"The club can confirm that its Europa League semi-final will take place on Thursday 22 April as planned," confirmed a statement.

"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."

Meanwhile, UEFA has yet to decide whether the second semi-final between Atletico Madrid and Liverpool in Spain will also go ahead as planned.

The Reds are in Premier League action against West Ham United at Upton Park on Monday and may struggle to complete a road journey to the Spanish capital on time.

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