The Premier League is reportedly considering different venues for next weekend’s round of matches.
This weekend’s games have been postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, as the UK entered an official period of mourning.
Next week’s games are also set to be affected – with the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday September 19 set to cause an influx of people to London – raising concerns about the games planned in the capital.
That’s due to policing questioning Tottenham’s game against Leicester City, as well as Chelsea’s meeting with Liverpool and Brentford’s clash with Arsenal.
Premier League clubs are “hopeful” that games will go ahead next weekend, although there could be “disagreements” over where the games will be played, according to The Athletic.
One idea discussed would be London clubs becoming away sides instead, so Tottenham would travel to Leicester and Liverpool host Chelsea.
However, that would not provide a solution for Brentford’s game against Arsenal as both clubs are based in London and it remains to be seen what would happen with this particular game.
“Whether games go ahead is a matter for the football authorities,” the Metropolitan Police said.
“When games go ahead the Met will work with the relevant partners and ensure appropriate policing plans are in place.”
It’s believed matches outside of London are unlikely to be disrupted by the Queen’s funeral, meaning it will mean fewer disruptions like Manchester United’s clash with Leeds and Manchester City’s trip to Wolves.
Whether or not English Football League (EFL) Championship, League One and League Two matches can still take place will be announced in due course.
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