Two of the weekend’s biggest Premier League matches have been called off due to police cases related to the Queen’s funeral. The Manchester United match at home against Leeds and Liverpool’s visit to Chelsea will be played later, along with Arsenal’s Europa League match at home against PSV Eindhoven on Thursday.
However, the other seven Premier League matches scheduled for Friday will go ahead, with Brighton’s match against Crystal Palace last week being postponed due to unrelated reasons. The Guardian understands that football League She is confident that most of her weekend matches will also come true after receiving assurances about police levels in her matches.
The Premier League said in a statement that it had no choice but to postpone three matches after extensive consultations with clubs, police, local safety advisory groups and other relevant authorities.
The kick-off times for both matches have also been changed, with Brentford vs Arsenal on Sunday becoming the start of noon and Everton’s move against West Ham to 2.15pm. With an international break starting after this weekend, Leeds are set to go from 3 September to 2 October without a game and Brighton and Palace face almost identical situations.
The midweek matches will be held in the Champions League, with the participation of Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea. However, UEFA said it had no choice but to cancel Arsenal’s match against PSV Eindhoven due to “severe limitations on police resources and regulatory issues related to the current events surrounding the national mourning of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”.
Understandably, another factor in the decision was that the match was considered high-risk due to the number of Eindhoven fans due to travel and their reputation.
No new dates have been announced by the Premier League and a UEFA spokesperson confirmed that the Arsenal-Eindhoven match has not yet been rescheduled. However, Arsenal expect either their Premier League match against Manchester City to be moved on October 19 or the Carabao Cup match against Brighton in early November to accommodate the match.
The FA confirmed that the midweek schedule would return as scheduled on Tuesday, with a tribute to the Queen. “A minute of silence will be observed before the matches, with black armbands being worn by the participants, flags being raised at half mast and the national anthem to be played in the stadiums,” the statement read.
The Football Association said, on Monday, that the return of all football matches at all levels is now clear, but that all matches scheduled for next Monday will be postponed.