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Premier League ‘threatens to get further postponement next weekend for fear of clash with queen’s funeral’
Premier League ‘risks further delays next weekend over fears of hosting matches in the capital with police present for the Queen’s funeral… as it seems unlikely clubs will agree on reversing matches for London-based teams’
- The Premier League threatens to disrupt next weekend due to security concerns
- Police likely to be deployed to assist in Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral
- A proposal has been made to ‘turn the matches staged in London next weekend’
- Clubs are unlikely to agree to the plan on such short notice, according to reports
The Premier League postponement is threatening to extend until next weekend, and clubs are unlikely to agree on where the matches should be played amid concerns about holding games in London, according to reports.
The Premier League decided to close this weekend as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
And now it is believed that next week’s games in the capital are also under threat due to security concerns, with police officers being relocated as a result of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday, September 19.
The Premier League is at risk of further delay next weekend, according to reports
London matches under threat as police prepare for Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral
As matches outside the capital are likely to continue unaffected, a proposal has reportedly been made to reverse the matches for London-based teams so that they instead play outdoors next weekend rather than in their own stadiums.
According to The Athletic, the chances of clubs agreeing to this proposal are very slim, especially among those who now have to organize a new home game at such short notice.
The plan would also give the new home teams less than a week to recruit staff and sell tickets to both supporter groups.
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With little time to find another solution, it is increasingly likely that matches staged in the capital next weekend will be postponed while the rest return.
Tottenham’s game against Leicester, Brentford’s game against Arsenal and Liverpool’s visit to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea are the games most in danger this weekend.
A further delay could spark an unprecedented piling-up of matches sometime next year, with the rest of the 2022 calendar already crammed to accommodate the first-ever winter World Cup in Qatar, which kicks off in November.