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Premier League to return before Queen’s funeral as schedule is revealed-but Man Utd,Liverpool & Chelsea games are cancelled

Premier League to return before Queen's funeral as schedule is revealed-but Man Utd,Liverpool & Chelsea games are cancelled

Manchester United’s clash against Leeds United and Chelsea’s home fixture against Liverpool this weekend have both been postponed following the Queen’s passing.

The Premier League today [Monday] confirmed the two heavyweight clashes would be moved to a different date following the death of Her Majesty the Queen. Both fixtures were initially scheduled for this Sunday as the two main events of Premier League Super Sunday.

Few eyebrows will be raised, as Graham Potter’s first match as Chelsea manager against Jurgen Klopp’s side was initially billed as the most ‘at risk’ match to be postponed. It is currently unknown when the matches will be rescheduled to, but a huge fixture pile-up will likely be the case for all four sides.

A statement from the Premier League read: “Following extensive consultation with clubs, police, local Safety Advisory Groups and other relevant authorities, there was no other option but to postpone the three fixtures.

“The Premier League would like to thank the UK Football Policing Unit and other police forces across the country, as well as our broadcast partners, for their support during this process, and will continue to liaise with them ahead of the weekend.”

United also released a separate statement of their own, citing concerns about safety and lack of available policing as the main reason. “Following extensive consultation with clubs, police, local Safety Advisory Groups and other relevant authorities, there was no other option but to postpone the three fixtures.

“The Premier League would like to thank the UK Football Policing Unit and other police forces across the country, as well as our broadcast partners, for their support during this process, and will continue to liaise with them ahead of the weekend.”

Brighton and Hove Albion’s match against Crystal Palace had also been postponed, amid fears about issues for fans travelling to the game due to a rail strike. The strike is no longer going ahead, but the fixture has not been reinstated. However, the Premier League has not decided to postpone every single match scheduled for the weekend.

Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest are still expected to begin this Premier League game week on Friday night. Steven Gerrard’s side play host to Southampton, while Forest will take on Fulham at the City Ground.

Manchester City will travel to Wolves for the early kick off on Saturday, while Tottenham Hotspur’s home clash against Leicester City in the evening kick-off on Saturday is still expected to go ahead, as scheduled.

Newcastle United and Bournemouth currently appear to be the only 3pm kick off on Saturday afternoon. However, the Sunday will not be completely devoid of Premier League football. West Ham and Everton will lock horns at Goodison Park, while Brentford and Arsenal will face off at the same time.

Liverpool and Chelsea’s home Champions League clashes against Ajax and RB Salzburg respectively, will both go ahead on Tuesday and Wednesday, while Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to Sporting Lisbon and Manchester City’s colossal clash against Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium are currently scheduled to take place.

Manchester United’s next match is expected to be their tricky away trip to Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League on Thursday night. Arsenal’s home clash against PSV Eindhoven in the Europa League was postponed due to “severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues.” Elsewhere in the Premier League, numerous concerns were posed ahead of this weekend’s game week.

Police forces have expressed worries about insufficient resources, to simultaneously cope with mourning crowds and football fans, while other reports have also claimed a purported lack of television trucks hampering broadcast coverage could also lead to several matches being postponed.

Source: Dailystar.co.uk

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