Manchester United have confirmed next Thursday’s Europa League group stage match at Sheriff FC will go ahead as planned despite this weekend’s Premier League postponements.
The UK has entered a period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, with all this weekend’s top-flight, EFL, WSL and even grassroots games being postponed as a mark of respect.
That has raised question marks over what will happen with the forthcoming European games midweek, but all seven games involving English sides are likely to be played as usual.
United – who play away in Moldova – have now confirmed that Thursday’s game against FC Sheriff will definitely be played after consultation with the government and UEFA.
A brief statement read: “Following discussions with the relevant governing bodies and in line with UK Government guidance, we can confirm that our UEFA Europa League match against FC Sheriff will take place in Moldova on Thursday night as scheduled.
“For fans traveling to support the team in Chisinau, the game arrangements will remain the same.”
United are one of three teams traveling away to Europe next week, with Tottenham’s Lisbon game against Sporting and West Ham’s trip against Danish club Silkeborg also expected to take place.
Arsenal, meanwhile, play Dutch club PSV at home but have been told by the Met Police that they are “fine” for the game.
That should also apply to Chelsea, who host RB Salzburg in the Champions League, as well as Manchester City and Liverpool, who host Borussia Dortmund and Ajax respectively.
While many sports – such as rugby and cricket – have decided to continue at the weekend, football associations have decided to suspend all scheduled matches until Monday.
Although midweek European games are likely all to go ahead as planned, next weekend’s Premier League and domestic games remain in question due to possible police problems so close to the Queen’s funeral, which is expected to take place on Monday September 19 .
Chelsea will host Liverpool earlier on Sunday afternoon but many people will be traveling to London ahead of the funeral which could cause problems for the game.
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