Premier League Still in Doubt This Weekend

All football matches across the country on 10, 11 and 12 September were cancelled out of respect following the passed away of Queen Elizabeth II.

Football will resume with the National League teams on Monday, while the English Football League has confirmed that their teams will return to the match on Tuesday evening.

The EFL declares that they are preparing for all the matches of the championship, the First and Second Divisions, which will take place this week as planned, subject to security and safety guarantees, which will be decided on an individual basis.

“A minute’s silence will be held before the games, the participants will wear black headbands, the flags will be held and the national anthem will be played in the stadiums,” the EFL said in a statement.

“In view of the fact that a national order protection plan is currently in force, the League and the clubs will continue to work with the forces to correct any problems that may arise in connection with order protection at certain matches.

“The examination of individual circumstances is carried out on a matter-by-matter basis in accordance with the standard protocols of the Game Safety Advisory Group (SAG).”

But while normal service will resume in the EFL, it is far from the fact that the same will happen in the Premier League.

Premier League, police and government officials are discussing whether the nine matches scheduled for this weekend from Friday to Sunday can take place.

The demands of the police in connection with the state committal of Queen Elizabeth II next Monday are likely to be an important factor.

There is also the problem that about a million people will come to the capital to pay their respects when the Queen will be in Westminster from Wednesday.

One of the solutions discussed is for London clubs to play away.

Chelsea have to meet Liverpool FC, Tottenham play against Leicester. The proposed idea is to see these matches at the Anfield and King Power stadiums.

However, it will also create problems for those clubs that have to host a Premier League game in less than a week, while Everton will also have to play at Merseyside on Saturday and the Leicester Tigers will play at King Power.

Manchester United – Leeds on Sunday is also far from guaranteed because of the large police presence required for the match at Old Trafford between two irreconcilable rivals.

However, it has been confirmed that the Champions League will take place in the middle of the week, as planned, with six British clubs.

Nevertheless, those who take part in the European Cup still have some problems, since the Rangers match against Napoli was postponed for 24 hours.

This is connected with the requirements that were imposed on the Scottish police forces after the passed away of the Queen.

There are also doubts about Arsenal FC’s Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven at Emirates, as there were concerns about police resources in the run-up to the committal on 19 September