Three Premier League games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed because of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral next Monday, including Chelsea’s home game against Liverpool on Sunday, the body said.
Manchester United’s game against Leeds United on Sunday has also been postponed, as has Brighton & Hove Albion’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, the league said.
English soccer’s governing body had already postponed all matches last weekend as a mark of respect for the longest-reigning monarch in UK history, who died at her home in Scotland on September 8 at the age of 96.
“Seven of this weekend’s 10 Premier League games will be played, with three games postponed due to events surrounding the Queen’s funeral,” the Premier League said in a statement.
“After extensive consultation with clubs, the police, local security advisory groups and other relevant authorities, there was no other option (…) for matches played during the period of National Mourning, they will surrender tributes to the Queen in Premier League stadiums,” he added.
Manchester United said their match was postponed because Greater Manchester Police are “supporting forces across the UK at major venues and events” following the queen’s death. The new dates for the rearranged matches will be announced in due course, the league added.
FA AND EFL MATCHES RESUME
The English Football Federation (FA) and the English Football League (EFL) reported that the matches will resume from Tuesday, after the last day was postponed due to the death of the queen last week.
The EFL said on Monday that tributes will be paid to the queen in stadiums across England. “A minute’s silence will be observed before games, officers will wear black armbands, flags will fly at half mast and the National Anthem will be played in stadiums,” she said in a statement.
Thursday’s Europa League group stage match between Arsenal and PSV Eindhoven was postponed due to a lack of adequate security personnel in London.