PSV Eindhoven have confirmed Thursday’s Europa League game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium will go ahead as scheduled despite this weekend’s Premier League postponements.
All top-flight football, the EFL, WSL and even grassroots football were scrapped over the weekend – as well as Monday night’s game between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest – as a mark of respect in the wake of the Queen’s death.
But all seven Premier League sides involved in European games midweek will play their games, with PSV issuing a brief statement confirming the game will be played on Thursday.
“Update Arsenal vs. PSV: The game will be played in London with fans,” it says a tweet on the club’s official Twitter pagefurther information will follow on Sunday.
There have been question marks over whether England sides’ participation in European games would be affected, but the government and police have told clubs games can still be played.
Met police told Arsenal on Friday that they were “comfortable” with Thursday’s game against PSV and are expecting an official confirmation from the north London club on Sunday.
Chelsea are also at home in the Champions League group stage with RB Salzburg on Wednesday night, for which the green light is also expected.
Police concerns are less of an issue outside the capital, so Liverpool’s showdown with Ajax and Manchester City’s game against Borussia Dortmund – both home games – will go ahead as scheduled.
Tottenham, West Ham and Manchester United all play away so their games will not be affected.
While many sports – such as cricket and rugby – continued through the weekend, football made the unusual decision of postponing all matches at all levels.
This was done as a show of respect to the Queen, who was a patron of the Football Association, but next weekend’s games could also be postponed over police problems.
With Her Majesty’s funeral on Monday 19 September, it could be difficult to host matches in London the previous weekend as people flock to the capital to pay her respects.
As of today, the Met government and police have only advised against holding sporting events on Monday week, but Sunday’s games in London – including Brentford v Arsenal and Chelsea v Liverpool – could be at risk of being postponed.
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