With the news that Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place on Monday, September 19, there is hope for some action in the Premier League next weekend. All 10 games were postponed this weekend after the sad passing of the Queen on Thursday.
However, there is still some doubt as to whether all games will be played next weekend, and plans are being made to avoid further disruption to the game in the already overcrowded football calendar. Games slated to be played in London are in doubt due to security concerns and a lack of police, with many officers likely to be involved in the planning and management of the funeral at Westminster Abbey.
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A possible solution under discussion, according to The Athletic, is for all London clubs to play their matches outside the home next weekend. For example, Chelsea are scheduled to face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, September 18 in what will be Graham Potter’s first league game in charge of the Blues.
However, if an agreement could be reached, the match would be reversed, with Chelsea instead traveling to Anfield to play the match to relieve pressure on the Metropolitan Police. The Athletic have reported that there are ‘major barriers’ to reaching an agreement within a week. There are likely to be staffing and ticket sales issues as clubs will have to prepare for a home game they didn’t expect to host.
Tottenham will face Leicester City at home next Saturday, while Arsenal will face Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Regarding next weekend’s games, the Met told Police: football.london“Whether matches go ahead is a matter for football authorities. If matches take place, the Met will work with relevant partners and ensure appropriate police plans are in place.”
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