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The Premier League resumes this weekend ahead of the Queen's funeral

The Premier League will resume this weekend ahead of the Queen’s funeral (Picture: Getty)

The Premier League resumes this weekend but Chelsea’s clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge is one of three games postponed ahead of the Queen’s funeral.

All English, Welsh and Northern Ireland football, as well as Scottish senior football, were canceled last weekend as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

While football ground to a halt, several sports including cricket, rugby, horse racing and golf resumed over the weekend.

The strain on police resources ahead of and during the Queen’s funeral – which will take place on Monday September 19 – has prompted further postponements this weekend.

Chelsea’s game against Liverpool, Manchester United’s home game against Leeds United and Crystal Palace’s trip to Brighton have all been postponed.

The Premier League said in a statement: “After extensive consultations with clubs, the police, local safety advisory groups and other relevant authorities, there was no option but to postpone the three games.

“The Premier League would like to thank the UK Football Policing Unit and other police forces across the country, as well as our broadcast partners for their support throughout this process and will continue to work with them ahead of the weekend.

Premier League games this weekend

Friday 16 September

20:00 Aston Villa – Southampton (Sky Sports)
20:00 Nott’ham Forest v Fulham

Saturday 17 September

12:30 Wolves – Man City (BT Sport)
15:00 Newcastle – Bournemouth AFC
17:30 Spurs v Leicester City (Sky Sports)
Brighton vs Crystal Palace postponed

Sunday 18 September

12:00 Brentford v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
14:15 Everton v West Ham (Sky Sports)
Chelsea vs Liverpool postponed
Man Utd vs Leeds postponed

“Tributes will be paid to the Queen at Premier League stadiums for matches played during the period of national mourning. New dates for the postponed games will be announced in due course.’

Although this weekend’s games fall within the 10-day period of mourning, the government’s guidance to sporting bodies says: “There is no obligation to cancel or reschedule events and sporting events, or to close entertainment venues during the national period of mourning.”

The English Football League, meanwhile, confirmed their full fixture schedule will resume from Tuesday 13 September, with a minute’s silence before all matches, players wearing black armbands, flags at half-staff and the national anthem being played in stadiums.

Football authorities were criticized for the blanket postponement last weekend, with former England striker Gary Lineker claiming the sport “missed an opportunity” to pay tribute to the Queen.

Ex-Manchester United defender Gary Neville added: “The sport is better than most at showing the respect the Queen deserves.”

The Football Supporters’ Association, meanwhile, said: “We believe football is at its best when it brings people together at times of great national importance – whether they be moments of joy or moments of sadness.

“Our view, which we have shared with football authorities, is that most fans would have loved to have gone to games this weekend and paid their respects to the Queen along with their fellow fans.”

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