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Volcanic ash cloud could cause travel misery for teams and fans heading for Hamburg

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson says UEFA should consider postponing Wednesday night's Europa League final between Fulham and Atletico Madrid should either team's travel plans be disrupted by volcanic ash clouds.

Champions League semi-finals recently went ahead despite airport closures, with Barcelona making a long trip to Milan by land, but Hodgson warned European football's governing body to think not only of the teams but also their long-suffering supporters.

"If Madrid are also in that situation, Uefa should show some transigence, rather than the usual intransigence, and trying to find a solution which helps us both by postponing the game until we both can fly there," he said, according to Sky Sports.

"I do not think it is quite that simple to say 'the game is Wednesday, you have to get there', if Madrid are facing a 20-hour journey and we are facing a 30-hour journey, because I do not think this is what the finals are about - they are a great occasion.

"You would be placing the game with thousands and thousands of English and Spanish fans not able to go, which I would say is another reason for Uefa to reconsider.

"It would be harsh, especially on a team like ours who have had to do it once already."

Both Fulham and Atletico Madrid would face arduous overground journeys to Hamburg, where the final is set to take place on Wednesday 12 May, should they be unable to fly.

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