Wide-scale football is due to resume on Tuesday after all of the weekend’s games were postponed, but due to police concerns, matches are being assessed on a game-by-game basis.
The English Football League program is set to return, but resource issues, particularly in relation to the police, may create difficulties with the protocols of certain local authorities’ Safety Advisory Group.
Millwall will play two home games next week, against QPR on Wednesday and Blackpool on Saturday. The Queen’s funeral will take place next Monday.
Discussions are ongoing with Uefa about this week’s scheduled European games involving British clubs in the Champions League, Europa League and European Conference League.
Rangers’ Champions League game against Napoli has been pushed back a day to Wednesday 14 September due to “severe limitations on police resources and organizational issues”.
According to Uefa, away fans will therefore not be admitted to either game between the two clubs “out of sporting fairness”.
The Premier League resumes on Friday night when Aston Villa hosts Southampton and Fulham travel to Nottingham Forest.
In London, Tottenham meet Leicester on Saturday night, while Brentford play Arsenal and Chelsea meet Liverpool at home on Sunday.
“We will work with football clubs to ensure football matches can take place safely where possible, when balanced against the requirement to support national events and carry out day-to-day policing,” the Council of National Police Chiefs said in a statement.
“This is a unique situation and we are working closely with everyone involved.”
All six Gallagher Premiership games next weekend will go ahead as scheduled unless there is a government directive, according to the PA news agency.
The opening round of Premiership games took place this weekend, although the two games were moved from Friday to Saturday and Sunday.
The Super League play-off semi-finals take place on Friday (Wigan – Leeds) and Saturday (St Helens – Salford).
“As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Betfred Super League Awards, which were due to be held at Headingley Stadium on the evening of Monday 19 September, will now be held on Tuesday 20th,” it said in a statement .
LV = Insurance County Championship games starting on Monday, England’s women’s ODI games on Tuesday, Thursday and weekends and the Royal London Cup on Saturday will all go ahead, according to PA.
Many other sporting events took place over the weekend, giving spectators and participants a chance to pay their respects.
During the friendly between England and South Africa at the Kia Oval, the players wore black armbands and ‘God save the King’ was played.
There were also tributes before the Super League Play-Off Eliminator between Huddersfield and Salford and Gallagher Premiership games.
There are no races in Britain on the day of the Queen’s funeral.
Britain’s horse racing authorities confirmed on Saturday night that meetings in Hamilton, Leicester, Warwick and Wolverhampton scheduled for September 19 would be canceled as a show of respect.
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