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More Premier League postponements possible next weekend ahead of Queen’s funeral

The Premier League could announce the postponement of more fixtures ahead of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, amid strains on police resources.

The FA and the Scottish FA postponed all football fixtures last weekend following the news of the monarch’s passing, with the decision deemed a mark of respect despite criticism from some quarters for the cancellation of games.


However, further postponements could now follow this week due to concerns over police resources, with talks set to take place between the major sporting governing bodies about how to proceed.

The Times are reporting that some of this weekend’s Premier League schedule is at risk, with there likely to be demands for extra officers in London when the Queen is lying in state at Westminster Hall ahead of the state funeral on September 19.

Changes have already been announced with Rangers’ Champions League clash with Napoli moved from Tuesday to Wednesday, while Napoli fans have been banned from attending the fixture in order to lessen the need for police officers at Ibrox. In a return gesture, Rangers fans have said they will not attend the reverse fixture in Italy next month.

Meanwhile, the Guardian are reporting that Arsenal’s Europa League game with PSV is also under threat and the Gunners are awaiting clarification over whether the fixture will take place.

This week’s Champions League ties involving Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are expected to go ahead as planned.

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