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Premier League football return faces lack of Sky TV TRUCKS

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EXCLUSIVE: Premier League football return faces a lack of TV TRUCKS – with Sky News’ needs to cover the Queen’s death, straining Sky Sports’ resources

  • The Premier League could face a second consecutive blank weekend
  • Matches at all levels of football were postponed after the death of the Queen
  • Now police resources will be stretched by the Queen’s funeral in London
  • This could lead to several matches being postponed next weekend
  • And an extra factor is that Sky Sports doesn’t have enough broadcast cars
  • Sky News’ general coverage of the Queen’s death is draining resources

The return of Premier League football could be jeopardized by a shortage of TV trucks following the 24/7 coverage of Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral.

Sports post has been informed that Sky Sports, the premier rights holder of the Premier League, is running out of trucks needed to cover live coverage as many use their sister channel, Sky News.

Sky Sports will broadcast eight live football matches this weekend, starting with Aston Villa v Southampton in the Premier League on Friday evening, followed by Tottenham v Leicester the following day, and Brentford v Arsenal and Chelsea v Liverpool on Sunday.

Premier League return could be complicated by lack of television trucks to allow Sky Sports to broadcast the matches

Sky's resources have been exhausted due to their news channel's general coverage of the Queen's funeral over the weekend

Sky’s resources have been exhausted due to their news channel’s general coverage of the Queen’s funeral over the weekend

Chelsea vs Liverpool is one of the Premier League games of the weekend to be postponed

Chelsea vs Liverpool is one of the Premier League games of the weekend to be postponed

In addition, Sky has two live Championship matches on Saturday, plus the Scottish Premier League and Women’s Super League the following day.

Sky News is providing unprecedented coverage of events across the country leading up to the Queen’s funeral next Monday, putting a strain on their resources.

The lack of TV trucks has emerged as an additional complicating factor during talks over the resumption of football after last weekend’s shutdown, which will continue with a government briefing this morning.

The pressure on the police is the biggest obstacle to Premier League games taking place next weekend as scheduled as up to 10,000 police officers will be deployed in London to lead what has been described as an unprecedented security operation in the capital ahead of the funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully last Thursday at the age of 96

Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully last Thursday at the age of 96

Experts Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville cover a live Premier League match on Sky Sports

Experts Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville cover a live Premier League match on Sky Sports

Police levels are the main concern for the top matches because of the Queen's funeral

Police levels are the main concern for the top matches because of the Queen’s funeral

Officers from across the country will be transferred to the capital, so it’s not just the London matches that are at risk of being postponed.

There are serious doubts as to whether Leeds’ trip to Manchester United will take place next Sunday, as a large police presence will be required at Old Trafford, while Chelsea – Liverpool on the same day is also considered a risky program.

There are doubts about Arsenal’s Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven taking place on Thursday evening after Rangers’ Champions League match with Napoli has been postponed for 24 hours to Wednesday, with away fans suspended.

UEFA has also banned Rangers fans from attending the return leg in Italy next month, on grounds of “sporting justice”.

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