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Arsenal v PSV cancelled, other games in doubt ahead of Queen’s funeral | Football

Arsenal were due to meet PSV in the Europa League on Thursday night (Image: Getty)

Arsenal’s Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven, scheduled to take place at London’s Emirates Stadium on Thursday, has been postponed.

UEFA confirmed the game would be postponed ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral due to “severe constraints on police resources” in the capital.

The postponement brings with it the possibility that other top-level games played over the weekend could also be canceled for the same reason.

Chelsea meet Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday while Arsenal visit Brentford. Although not in London, Manchester United’s clash with Leeds United would also warrant a significant police presence.

It remains to be seen whether the games will go ahead after Arsenal’s second Europa League game of the season was postponed amid talks between the Government, Metropolitan Police, FA and Premier League

A UEFA statement read: “The UEFA Europa League match between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven has been postponed with a new date to be announced in due course.

“This is due to severe limitations in police resources and organizational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Premier League games this weekend are in doubt

This weekend’s Premier League games are in doubt (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal added: “The postponement follows the liaison between UEFA, the Metropolitan Police and us following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Thousands of police officers from across the country are to be drafted to assist the Metropolitan Police ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday September 19.

Hundreds of thousands of people will descend on London to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-serving monarch, with the public attending the ceremony at the Palace of Westminster.


Premier League games this weekend

Friday 16 September
Aston Villa vs Southampton
Nottingham Forest v Fulham

Saturday 17 September
Wolves vs Manchester City
Brighton v Crystal Palace (postponed)
Newcastle versus Bournemouth
Tottenham vs Leicester

Sunday 18 September

Brentford vs Arsenal
Everton vs West Ham
Man Utd vs Leeds
Chelsea vs Liverpool

All football in the UK was postponed over the weekend as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth, who died on Thursday aged 96.

Other sports – including cricket, rugby, golf and horse racing – resumed over the weekend, while the EFL has announced its schedule will resume from Tuesday.

As things stand, Chelsea’s Champions League game against Red Bull Salzburg will go ahead, but several weekend fixtures in London and across the country are at risk.

The Government is in talks with sporting chiefs throughout the day to determine whether events need to be canceled and to discuss how they will pay tribute to the Queen.

On Sunday, a spokesman for the National Police Chiefs Council said: “British police are working closely with other organizations to ensure events are held safely and with appropriate security.

“Following the decisions of the Premier League and English Football League to cancel this weekend’s matches, we will be working with football clubs to ensure football matches can take place safely where possible, when balanced against the requirement to support national events and to deliver everyday police.

“This is a unique situation and we are working closely with everyone involved.”

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