Three Premier League football matches, including Chelsea’s against Liverpool, as well as Arsenal’s European match against PSV in Eindhoven, have been canceled this weekend due to preparations for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
In a statement released in the last few minutes, the Premier League said there was “no choice but to postpone three matches” after consulting “clubs, police and local safety advisory groups”.
The problem concerns a shortage of police, as well as a shortage of units due to preparations for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, which is a national holiday.
There will be seven games over the weekend, but three are Chelsea against Chelsea. Liverpool and Manchester United Matches against Leeds on Sunday and Brighton against Crystal Palace on Saturday will be played at a later date.
Arsenal’s Europa League match against Dutch PSV has also been postponed.
“The Premier League would like to thank the UK Football Police and other police forces across the country, as well as our broadcast partners, for their support in this process and will continue to be in touch with them ahead of the weekend,” the press office added. statement. “For matches played during the period of national mourning, tributes will be paid to the Queen in Premier League stadiums.”
All British Football League matches over the weekend have been postponed in a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, the country’s longest-serving monarch, who died Thursday afternoon at the age of 96. In the government’s guidance, it was stated that the decision to postpone or not is up to the respective sports organizations. Other sports such as cricket continue from Saturday.