Football set to restart but police issues could affect matches


Full-scale football is due to resume on Tuesday after all weekend matches have been postponed, but policing issues mean matches will be assessed on a game-by-game basis.

The English Football League program is due to return, but resource issues, particularly with regard to the police, may lead to difficulties with some local authority Safety Advisory Group protocols.

Millwall are set to play two home games next week, against QPR on Wednesday and Blackpool on Saturday. The Queen’s funeral takes place next Monday.

Discussions with UEFA are ongoing over European fixtures scheduled for this week involving British clubs in the Champions League, Europa League and European Conference League.

Rangers’ Champions League draw with Napoli has been postponed by a day to Wednesday September 14, due to “serious police resource limitations and organizational problems”.

As a result, away supporters will not be allowed for the two matches between the two clubs “for a matter of sporting fairness”, according to UEFA.

The Football Association of Wales said all of its competitions could resume from Tuesday.

The Premier League resumes on Friday night, when Aston Villa hosts Southampton and Fulham travel to Nottingham Forest.

In London, Tottenham take on Leicester on Saturday night, while Brentford play Arsenal and Chelsea are at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

“We will work with football clubs to try to ensure that, where possible, football matches can be played safely when balanced against the requirement to support domestic events and ‘everyday policing,’ a statement from the National Police Chief’s Council said. .

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

All six Gallagher Premiership matches next weekend will go ahead as scheduled unless there is a government directive, according to the PA news agency.

The first round of Premiership matches took place this weekend, although Friday’s two matches have been pushed back to Saturday and Sunday.

The Super League play-off semi-finals are on Friday (Wigan v Leeds) and Saturday (St Helens v Salford).

“As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Betfred Super League Awards, which were due to take place at Headingley Stadium on the evening of Monday 19th September, will now take place at the same venue on Tuesday 20th September,” a statement read. .

LV = Insurance County Championship matches from Monday, England Women’s ODI matches on Tuesday, Thursday and the weekend and the Royal London Cup on Saturday will all continue, PA understands.

Many other sporting events took place over the weekend, giving spectators and participants an opportunity to pay their respects.

During the test match between England and South Africa at the Kia Oval, the players wore black armbands and there was a rendition of “God Save the King”.

There were also tributes ahead of the Super League Play-Off Eliminator between Huddersfield and Salford as well as Gallagher Premiership matches.

There will be no racing in Britain on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

The British Horseracing Authority confirmed on Saturday evening that scheduled September 19 meetings in Hamilton, Leicester, Warwick and Wolverhampton would be canceled as a mark of respect.


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