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Football restarts TOMORROW: English football league confirms matches can go on during the week – with the national anthem before the games – but Premier League still faces postponement due to police crackdown
- EFL matches postponed over the weekend after the death of the Queen
- It has now been decided that football in the EFL will restart on Tuesday
- The national anthem is played in stadiums across the country
- There could still be a delay in the Premier League due to police problems
Football will resume in the English Football League on Tuesday after their weekend games were postponed following the death of the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away last Thursday at the age of 96 and the following day it was decided to call off all weekend games, while basic football was also suspended.
However, the EFL season will start again on Tuesday with the national anthem to be played on every ground.
There will also be a minute of silence before kick-off as the players all wear black armbands and flags will fly at half-mast as the football pays its respects to the Queen.
Similar gestures were made at cricket and rugby matches this weekend, as those sports decided to continue playing rather than postpone their matches.
Manchester United and West Ham also had European home games just hours after the Queen’s death was announced on Thursday, and they paid tribute by wearing black armbands, observing a minute’s silence and turning off the billboards.
As the Queen’s funeral is set to take place next Monday, there are concerns about potential police shortages in the coming week, and clubs have been asked to work with the League to try and resolve these issues.
Championship leaders Sheffield United will return to action against Swansea on Tuesday
Individual circumstances are treated on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with the standard protocols of the Match Safety Advisory Group (SAG).
While the EFL is getting underway again, there are still some doubts about some Premier League matches this weekend due to police shortages.
10,000 police officers from across the country will be deployed at the Queen’s funeral.
This means that there could be a risk that some top matches will not have enough police officers to cover the ‘risky’ matches.
United’s confrontation with Leeds at Old Trafford and Chelsea’s match with Liverpool both fall into this category, and they could be called off if there aren’t enough police at the games.
The international break follows this weekend’s action, which means that these teams will not be allowed to play in the competition again until October.
Erik ten Hag may no longer see his Manchester United team in the competition this month
Graham Potter may also have to wait for his first league game as Chelsea manager