Queen’s death: English teams return to action with Liverpool and Tottenham in Champions League

Queen's death: English teams return to action with Liverpool and Tottenham in Champions League



Football on a wide scale has recommenced on Tuesday following the postponement of last weekend’s fixtures, but policing concerns mean games will be assessed on a match-by-match basis in the days ahead.

The strain on police resources is the biggest obstacle to Premier League games taking place as planned next weekend, as up to 10,000 police officers will be deployed in London to manage what has been described as an unprecedented security operation in the capital ahead of the Queen’s funeral. 

Here is how things stand at the moment and which fixtures are most likely to be affected:

Tuesday

Liverpool are hosting Ajax in the Champions League.

In the same group, Rangers’ tie with Napoli has been put back a day to Wednesday. This was due to ‘severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues’. Away fans have also been banned.

The EFL announced on Monday that their fixture programme will return as scheduled from Tuesday.

Wednesday

Chelsea’s clash with Red Bull Salzburg is to go ahead as planned.

Manchester City are also in Champions League action – against Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad. 

Celtic are playing Shakhtar Donetsk, but this game is away from home so is unlikely to be affected. 

The EFL announced on Monday that their fixture programme will return as scheduled from Tuesday. 

Thursday

Arsenal’s Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven has been postponed.

Manchester United have confirmed on their official website that their trip to FC Sheriff will go ahead as planned.

West Ham are due to play Swedish side Silkeborg away and Hearts will travel to RF. There appears to be no reason why these games won’t go ahead. 

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Friday

The Premier League is due to resume on Friday night, when Aston Villa host Southampton and Fulham travel to Nottingham Forest.

Women’s Super League, National League and grassroots games should be able to take place as planned. 

Saturday 

In London, Tottenham will take on Leicester on Saturday evening, it has been confirmed.

Wolves are due to host Manchester City at 12:30pm and Newcastle welcome Bournemouth in the only 3pm game.

Brighton vs Crystal Palace was already postponed because of the scheduled train strike, which has now been cancelled. The match won’t go ahead.

The EFL announced on Monday that their fixture programme will return as scheduled from Tuesday. 

Women’s Super League, National League and grassroots games should be able to take place as planned. 

Scottish football leagues will also resume with the caveat that any fixtures under the professional banner be rescheduled if they fall on Monday September 19, the day of the Queen’s funeral. 

Sunday

Brentford play Arsenal at the new kick-off time of 12pm but Chelsea’s home match against Liverpool on Sunday has been postponed.

With both matches in London, policing levels in the capital just a day before the Queen’s funeral meant both going ahead was not feasible. 

Leeds’ trip to Manchester United is also postponed.

Everton are scheduled to host West Ham at Goodison Park and seven of the slated Premier League games are going ahead over the weekend.

Women’s Super League, National League and grassroots games should be able to take place as planned. 

Scottish football leagues will also resume with the caveat that any fixtures under the professional banner be rescheduled if they fall on Monday September 19, the day of the Queen’s funeral. 

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