Arsenal v PSV postponed and other games in doubt ahead of the Queen's funeral
Arsenal’s Europa League clash against PSV Eindhoven, due to take place at London’s Emirates Stadium on Thursday, has been postponed.
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UEFA confirmed the fixture would be pushed back because of ‘severe limitations on police resources’ in the capital ahead of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
The postponement raises the possibility that further top-level matches to be played over the weekend will also be called off for the same reason.
Chelsea are due to face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, while Arsenal are visiting Brentford. While not in London, Manchester United’s clash with Leeds United would also warrant a significant police presence.
It remains to be seen whether the fixtures will go ahead after Arsenal’s second Europa League fixture of the season was postponed, with talks between the government, the Metropolitan Police, the FA and Premier League ongoing
A UEFA statement read: ‘The UEFA Europa League tie between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven has been postponed with a new date to be communicated in due course.
‘This is due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.’
Arsenal added: ‘The postponement follows liaison between UEFA, the Metropolitan Police and ourselves, after the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.’
Thousands of police officers from forces across the country are set to be drafted in to support the Metropolitan Police ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday 19 September.
Hundreds of thousands of people are set to descend on London to pay their respects to the UK’s longest-serving monarch, with members of the public able to attend the lying-in-state at the Palace of Westminster.
This weekend’s Premier League fixtures
Friday 16 September
Aston Villa v Southampton
Nottingham Forest v Fulham
Saturday 17 September
Wolves v Man City
Brighton v Crystal Palace (postponed)
Newcastle v Bournemouth
Tottenham v Leicester
Sunday 18 September
Brentford v Arsenal
Everton v West Ham
Man Utd v Leeds
Chelsea v Liverpool
All football in the United Kingdom was postponed over the weekend as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 96.
Other sports – including cricket, rugby, golf and horse racing – resumed over the weekend, while the EFL has announced its schedule will resume from Tuesday onwards.
As things stand, Chelsea’s Champions League fixture against Red Bull Salzburg will go ahead, but several weekend matches in London and across the country are at risk.
The government are holding talks with sports chiefs throughout the day to determine if events have to be cancelled, and to discuss how they will pay tribute to the Queen.
On Sunday, a spokesperson for the National Police Chiefs Council said: ‘UK Policing is working closely with other organisations to ensure events are held safely and with the appropriate security.
‘Following the decisions of the Premier League and English Football League to cancel this weekend’s matches, we will work with football clubs to try and ensure that, where possible, football fixtures can take place safely when balanced against the requirement to support national events and deliver day-to-day policing.
‘This is a unique situation and we are working closely with everyone involved.’
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