LONDON – Football is due to resume in England on Monday after a weekend break as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, with lower division games set to return to normal this week.
However, the Premier League is yet to confirm when it will play again, with logistical issues likely to arise ahead of the state funeral in London on September 19.
The English Football League – which runs three divisions below the Premier League – said tributes to the Queen will be paid at stadiums across the country when the Second Division champions as well as League One and League Two games resume on Tuesday. to begin
A minute’s silence will be observed before the matches, black armbands will be worn by the players, flags will be flown at half-mast and the national anthem – “God Save the King” – will be played in stadiums.
“With a national policing plan now in place,” the EFL said, referring to the days leading up to the funeral, in which the Queen’s coffin will lie in state in London, “the league and clubs will be out in force with the force.” “Continue to work. On any challenges that may arise regarding the policing of specific fixtures.”
The EFL said it would work “on a case by case basis”.
Before that, play in the non-professional leagues resumed from Monday, football was completely stopped from Friday to Sunday – from the professional leagues all the way to the underground. The Premier League match between Leeds and Nottingham Forest, scheduled for Monday night, has been postponed.
Most sports resumed in England over the weekend After a general shutdown on Friday, a day after the Queen died aged 96.
Some Premier League teams will be back in action in European competition between Tuesday and Thursday – Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham in the Champions League, as well as Manchester United in the Europa League and West Ham in the Europa League. – on Fridays before scheduled league games. , Saturday and Sunday.
Liverpool host Ajax on Tuesday and Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.
The Games in London appear to be the most dangerous due to the extensive security operation surrounding the Queen’s funeral. The Premier League schedule has Tottenham hosting Leicester on Saturday, while Brentford host Arsenal and Chelsea host Liverpool on Sunday.
Arsenal’s Europa League home game against PSV Eindhoven in London on Thursday was postponed by UEFA due to “severe constraints on police resources and regulatory issues.”
UEFA and Arsenal are facing challenges in rescheduling matches in the chaos caused by the World Cup being played in Qatar in November and December. Arsenal have no clear midweek dates before the Europa League groups finish on November 3, with the round of 16 draw set for November 7.
In Scotland, the Champions League match between Rangers and Napoli in Glasgow was already postponed a day until Wednesday due to police issues.