EFL confirm return to fixture schedule with optimism Millwall’s clash with QPR will go ahead

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The EFL have confirmed their fixture programme will return as scheduled, with tributes paid to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II across the country.

Following the passing of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, football across all levels was suspended last weekend during a period of national mourning.

An EFL statement read: “The EFL fixture programme will return as scheduled from Tuesday 13 September, with tributes to be paid to Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at grounds around the country.

“A minute’s silence will be held before matches, with black armbands to be worn by participants, flags to be flown at half-mast and the National Anthem to be played in stadiums.

“With a national policing plan now in operation, the League and Clubs will continue to work with forces in respect of any challenges that may emerge regarding policing of specific fixtures.”

Consideration to individual circumstances will be made on a case-by-case basis, in line with standard match Safety Advisory Group (SAG) protocols.

Decisions on the fulfilment of fixtures over the next week or so will be taken on a game-by-game basis, and there is optimism surrounding the Championship meeting between Millwall and Queens Park Rangers scheduled to take place at The Den on Wednesday evening.

QPR CEO Lee Hoos said: “With regards to our upcoming fixtures against Millwall and Stoke, this is a fluid situation.

“We are confident our match with Millwall on Wednesday will be going ahead as planned.

“Millwall are aware of the resources they need for the fixture to go ahead. I have been speaking with them regularly and they are confident they have them available.

“Saturday’s home fixture with Stoke City is still to be confirmed and we are working closely with the SAG for a decision to be made as quickly as possible.

“From a manager’s point of view, there is a desire for the fixtures to take place in order to avoid fixture congestion down the line.

“From a financial perspective, clubs want weekend matches to go ahead rather than be moved to mid-week slots.

“However, that pales into insignificance when we are talking about supporter safety. That is absolutely paramount to all football clubs.”