Arsenal vs PSV cancelled: Europa League competition postponed due to insufficient police resources after Queen’s death

Arsenal’s Europa League competition against PSV Eindhoven on Thursday has been canceled due to “severe restrictions on police resources” thanks to preparations for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The game at Emirates Stadium in north London was due to be played on Thursday night but with the Queen’s funeral due to take place on Monday September 19, UEFA confirmed there would not be enough police resources to document the game.

A UEFA statement said: “UEFA announced today that the match was originally scheduled for Thursday 15 May.

“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.”

The news was first released by PSV in a statement on their website, before being confirmed by UEFA minutes later.

The Dutch club’s statement also confirmed that no date has yet been agreed for the game to be rescheduled in the future, stating: “It is not yet known when the Europa League game will be rescheduled. More information will follow.”

Arsenal also confirmed the news on their club website, saying: “Our UEFA Europa League home game against PSV Eindhoven scheduled for Thursday 15 September has been postponed.

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

“We are working with the authorities to reschedule the game and any tickets and/or hospitality packages purchased for this game are valid for the postponed date. Further updates, including information on upcoming games, will be posted on arsenal.com.”

With the World Cup in Qatar taking place mid-season in November and December, the fixture list is already tight this season and Arsenal have no midweek vacancies until January 2023.

However, the group stage of the Europa League is set to be completed before the World Cup, with the final round of pool games scheduled for November 3.

The Gunners’ first Europa League game of the season came on the day of the Queen’s death, as announced during their clash with FC Zurich.

A minute’s silence was observed at half-time and the players wore black armbands in the second half in a contest won by the England side thanks to goals from Marquinhos and Eddie Nketiah.

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