Chelsea v Liverpool: Premier League game postponed over ‘events surrounding Queen’s funeral’

The Premier League has postponed Sunday’s clash between Chelsea and Liverpool due to “events surrounding the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II”.

The game was due to kick off at 4.30pm at Stamford Bridge in west London, less than 24 hours before the Queen’s funeral is due to begin in the British capital.

Both events require significant resources on the part of the Metropolitan Police and after a meeting on Monday afternoon, the Premier League confirmed the game had been cancelled.

It is the second football game in London to be postponed in hours after Arsenal’s Europa League competition scheduled for Thursday night against Dutch club PSV Eindhoven was also canceled earlier on Monday for similar reasons.

The Premier League have confirmed that the other two London-based games of their competition due to be played this weekend – Tottenham-Leicester on Saturday night and Brentford-Arsenal on Sunday afternoon – will go ahead.

These games don’t require the same level of policing as the traditionally fiery Chelsea v Liverpool.

Outside the capital, Sunday’s Cross-Pennine derby between Manchester United and Leeds has also been canceled for the same reasons, while Brighton v Crystal Palace – which had previously been postponed due to planned train strikes – is also absent despite the cancellation of strikes.

However, the Premier League statement confirmed the other seven games will take place this weekend, stating: “Premier League games will resume this weekend after a break in the season as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II .

“Seven of the ten Premier League games this weekend will be played, with three games postponed due to events surrounding the Queen’s funeral. The kick-off times for two Premier League games will also change.

“Matches postponed to Sunday 18 September are Chelsea FC v Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United home v Leeds United. Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s game against Crystal Palace FC, to be played on Saturday 17 September at 15:00, is also postponed.

“After extensive consultations with clubs, the police, local safety advisory groups and other relevant authorities, there was no other 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.

“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.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/chelsea-liverpool-queen-funeral-postponed-premier-league-b2165543.html Chelsea v Liverpool: Premier League game postponed over ‘events surrounding Queen’s funeral’

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