Premier League consider changing fixtures to allow restart of games next week

Premier League clubs are hoping to make some amendments and push for a return to action next weekend – but there could be a dispute over where fixtures set in London should be played.

There are worries that games held in the nation's capital could cause a huge strain on the emergency services such as the police, who will be on hand to help manage the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Athletic report that a possible answer is to have the London games played at neutral grounds rather than at their own ground. For next weekend, three Premier League matches are scheduled to take place in the city – Tottenham to host Leicester City on Saturday, while Brentford and Arsenal play as do Chelsea and Liverpool on Sunday.

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But such a solution is likely to be batted away by clubs, who will be wanting to utilise the full extent of their home advantage for their Premier League fixture.

There will also be potential issues around staffing at short notice and even selling tickets.

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Unless a compromise is met, it’s likely that further Premier League games will be postponed – with this weekend’s round of games annulled owing to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch.

The death of Her Majesty has put the sovereignty into a 10-day period of mourning. The UK government provided guidance, but it was ultimately the Premier League, EFL and Football Association in England and the Scottish FA that all decided that all games scheduled for this weekend should be cancelled as a mark of respect.

Things are complicated further by the upcoming World Cup, which is set to be played this coming November – the first time the competition has been played during the middle of a league season.

The Premier League is scheduled to play its final round of games before the last international break next weekend but now cancellations risk causing a fixture pile-up of which the likes have never been seen before.

London is expecting a record number of visitors who will visit to come and pay their respects and lay tributes to the late Queen, in what will be the first state funeral since Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.

The Metropolitan Police said to the same publication: “Whether matches go ahead is a matter for the footballing authorities.

“If fixtures do take place the Met will work with the relevant partners and ensure that appropriate policing plans are in place.”


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