Two more Premier League matches have been postponed as football officials attempt to set sail Britain’s ongoing ‘national mourning’ for Queen Elizabeth II.
Manchester United’s match against Leeds and Chelsea with Liverpool, which was scheduled for Sunday, has been canceled “due to events surrounding the Queen’s funeral”. Premier League announced on Monday.
Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, He passed away last Thursday at the age of 96. All English football was paused last weekend “In honor of her exceptional life and her contribution to the homeland and a sign of respect.” It will resume this week, with seven matches of the Premier League continuing. but the The funeral will take place next Monday, September 19, in Londoncreating logistical problems for the biggest clubs in England.
In addition to the Premier League postponements, Arsenal’s Europa League match against Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, scheduled for Thursday in London, has been postponed “due to severe restrictions on police resources and regulatory issues”. UEFA said, UEFA.
And with no room in the calendar to make up for that game, more turmoil – and perhaps even loss – lies ahead.
Quinn’s funeral changes Premier League schedule
Arsenal’s delay heralded a chaotic week. The Premier League and others will part ways on Monday, the day of the funeral, for an international window. But nine matches were due to take place from Friday to Sunday, with three of the nine being in London. (X, Brighton vs. Crystal Palace, Cannes It’s already postponed due to a “planned industrial strike on the railway network”, with “the lack of public transportation for supporters”).
Seven of the games will be played. Two matches on Friday – Aston Villa vs Southampton in Birmingham and Nottingham Forest vs Fulham in Nottingham – and two other matches outside London on Saturday – Wolverhampton vs Manchester City at Wolverhampton and Newcastle – Bournemouth in Newcastle will not be affected.
Tottenham’s home game on Saturday, in London against Leicester City, is also still going on.
But on Sunday, Brentford-Arsenal has a two-hour lift in London, and it will start at noon local time (7am ET). The other London match, Chelsea and Liverpool, was postponed, as was the Manchester United-Leeds match.
Why can not play Chelsea and Manchester United matches?
Westminster Abbey, the funeral site, is approximately three miles from Chelsea’s West London stadium, and about 200 miles from Old Trafford in Manchester United.
The problem, however, is the redeployment of police officers – some of whom would normally work for a Chelsea or United game – to handle the influx of visitors to the capital, and to secure the festival surrounding the 10-day mourning period.
Old Trafford – England’s largest club stadium – and Stamford Bridge in Chelsea require far more police resources than the 17,250-seat Brentford Stadium, for example.
The English Football League – which governs tier two to four men’s football in England and Wales – said its teams would resume on Tuesday, and that “with a national police plan in place now, the league and clubs will continue to work with forces regarding any challenges that may arise in relation to the monitoring of certain fixtures”. .
Will matches be affected other than the English Premier League?
Monday , The English Football Association announced The Women’s Super League and other football across the country will resume this week. All 12 midweek matches in the Football League Second Division are ongoing.
In continental competitions, Arsenal’s Europa League match has been halted, but Chelsea’s Champions League match on Wednesday is still going on. (Arsenal Stadium, Emirates, requires more policing than Stamford Bridge.)
Scottish club Rangers were forced to postpone their Champions League match against Napoli from Tuesday to Wednesday, with the Queen’s coffin being transported from Scotland to London on Tuesday evening. Napoli fans are not allowed to travel to the UK for the rescheduled match.
Minutes of silence will likely be held before all games start. The association said players will wear black armbands, half-mast flags will be raised, and the national anthem will be played in stadiums. The Premier League is likely to pay a similar honour.
When will the postponed matches be made?
Postponements will further muddy an already busy calendar. The Premier League and its other competitions They packed their traditional nine-month season in roughly eight months so they could crack the Qatar 2022 World Cupthat was Moved to an unprecedented window from November to December To avoid dangerous heat.
Most of the top English clubs are already scheduled to play two games a week between now and the World Cup break. The postponed matches – which have already included Fulham – Chelsea, Manchester City – Tottenham and Arsenal – Everton – will likely not be playable until 2023.
However, Arsenal’s Europa League match presents a unique headache. It cannot be played in the spring, because the group stage is due to end in early November. The knockout draw is scheduled for November 7. Thus, it appears that the Gunners have only two options: a) postpone another Premier League match to accommodate the Europa League match, or b) lose it.
UEFA said, “A new date [would] It will be announced in due course. “No makeup dates have been announced for any postponed matches.