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Queen dead: When will football resume in the UK? | Football

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Queen dead: When will football resume in the UK? | Football


The Premier League was postponed following the death of the Queen (Picture: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Premier League matches were postponed this weekend following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

The English Football League, Scottish Premier League and non-league football were also postponed as a mark of respect to Her Majesty, although England’s test match with South Africa has continued after Friday’s play was suspended.

It is believed one of the main reasons why the English FA and Scottish FA decided to postpone matches was because of the fear of crowd dissent.

The United Kingdom has officially entered ten days of mourning, which will end the morning after the Queen’s funeral, which will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday, September 19 at 11am.

This means that there is some uncertainty as to when football will be given the green light to resume in the country.

Here is what you need to know.

When could football resume?

An official return date for football has not been announced, but Premier League clubs are thought to be hopeful of a return to action next weekend.

But according to The Athletic, Premier League games taking place in London are at risk of being postponed to due policing and resource stresses in the capital caused by the state funeral.

An alternative to postponing the London games could be be to make the home teams play away from home instead.

However, this is likely to meet resistance from clubs who would have to arrange home fixtures at less than a weeks notice.

Premier League clubs are hopeful of returning to action next weekend (Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

A record number of visitors are expected in the capital to pay their respects to the Queen as she lies in state for four days at Westminster Hall.

This would likely result in the emergency services being diverted away from football in order to cope with the unprecedented number of visitors to the city.

Tottenham vs Leicester, Brentford vs Arsenal and Chelsea vs Liverpool are scheduled to take place in London next weekend.

Postponing the London games would cause further chaos to the football calendar, which is already at breaking point.

The Premier League will stop on November 13 for the World Cup, and will only resume six weeks later on Boxing Day.

And with the Champions League group stage condensed into an eight week window instead of the usual 12, some clubs already have a full fixture list between now and the World Cup with three games a week.

This could mean that games which have been postponed following the passing of the Queen will only be rescheduled until after Christmas.


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