PSV have announced that Thursday’s Europa League game against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium has been called off with police embarking on the huge security operation elsewhere in London ahead of the Queen’s funeral.
The Eredivisie side were scheduled to travel to Emirates Stadium on Thursday for the second round of group games in the Europa League. However, the fixture always looked in doubt considering the proximity of the game to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. She sadly passed away on Thursday at the age of 96.
And now the Dutch club have confirmed in a statement on their website that Thursday’s game is now off.
A statement on the PSV website read: “The Arsenal – PSV match is still postponed. UEFA reported this to PSV on Monday afternoon. Last weekend it seemed that the game would be played next Thursday, but the national authorities in Great Britain have decided that insufficient deployment of police personnel is possible due to the funeral services of the British Queen Elizabeth in London.
“It is not yet known when the Europa League match will be made up. More information about this will follow. We will keep supporters who have bought a ticket for the match personally informed of developments by e-mail.”
That is not the only game likely to be affected by the funeral either. That will take place on Monday September 19.
As a mark of respect, the Premier League, EFL and all grassroots football opted to cancel their entire fixture list this weekend.
And while the midweek Champions League games in London should go ahead – Chelsea host RB Salzburg on Wednesday – the weekend’s Premier League matches in the capital remain in doubt.
There are plenty of big issues to solve ahead of more possible postponements.
Chelsea v Liverpool also affected by Queen’s funeral
As such, the Daily Mirror claims that, while Graham Potter will be in the dugout for the first time on Wednesday night, his Premier League bow as Blues boss remains in some doubt.
Indeed, their match against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday 18 September looks highly unlikely to go ahead.
That’s because police officers will be deployed in a massive security operation around the Queen’s funeral. And there will not be sufficient officers availableto police crowds at Stamford Bridge.
Some 10,000 officers are expected to be deployed – including some from other forces around the country – to help police the huge state funeral.
Indeed, Premier League chiefs have been in discussions on Monday morning to decide the best course of action.
And while games outside the capital will likely go ahead, matches in the capital remain in some doubt.
There is reportedly the option of flipping the fixture list, meaning that, in theory, Liverpool could host Chelsea instead. Their return Premier League game would take place at Stamford Bridge instead of Anfield later in the season.
However, the logistics of arranging, policing and ticketing that at such short notice will not be easy to finalise.
Should that be the case, however, then those games could be reversed with the away teams hosting instead. That will also effect Tottenham v Leicester, scheduled for Saturday, 5.30pm.
However, it is not known what will happen with Brentford v Arsenal (Sunday, 2pm) with both sides from the capital.
Brighton v Crystal Palace has already been pulled due to a rail strike.
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