Premier League games have been postponed this weekend following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
English Football League, Scottish Premier League and non-league football have also been postponed out of respect for Her Majesty, although England’s friendly against South Africa continued after play was suspended on Friday.
It is believed that one of the main reasons the English FA and Scottish FA decided to postpone matches was fear of crowd dissension.
The UK has officially entered ten days of mourning, which will end the morning after the Queen’s funeral, which will take place at 11am on Monday 19 September at Westminster Abbey.
This means there is some uncertainty as to when football can resume in the country.
Here’s what you need to know.
When could football resume?
An official return date for football has not been announced but Premier League clubs are hoping to return to play next weekend.
However, according to The Athletic, Premier League games held in London are at risk of being postponed due to the policing and resource strain in the capital caused by the state funeral.
An alternative to postponing the London games could be to have the home sides play away instead.
However, this is likely to face opposition from clubs who would need to arrange home games with less than a week’s notice.
A record number of visitors are expected in the capital to pay their respects to the Queen as she rests at Westminster Hall for four days.
This would likely result in emergency services being distracted from football to cope with the city’s unprecedented attendance.
Tottenham v Leicester, Brentford v Arsenal and Chelsea v Liverpool are scheduled to take place in London next weekend.
Postponing the London games would further upset the football calendar, which is already at breaking point.
The Premier League stops for the World Cup on November 13 and only resumes six weeks later on Boxing Day.
And with the Champions League group stage being reduced to an eight-week window instead of the usual 12, some clubs already have a packed schedule of three games a week leading up to the World Cup.
This could mean games postponed after the Queen’s death will not be made up until after Christmas.
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