PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that Thursday’s Europa League game against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium will go ahead as planned despite this weekend’s Premier League fixtures being postponed.
All top-flight football competitions, the EFL, WSL and even grassroots football, were canceled over the weekend – as was Monday night’s match between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest – as a mark of respect following the Queen’s death.
But all seven Premier League teams involved in midweek European fixtures are set to play their fixtures, with PSV issuing a brief statement confirming Thursday’s game will go ahead.
“Arsenal v PSV update: Match to be played in London with supporters,” read tweet on the club’s official Twitter pageas more information expect on Sunday.
There were question marks over whether English teams’ participation in European matches would be affected, but the government and police told clubs that matches could still be played.
The Met Police informed Arsenal on Friday that they were “comfortable” with the match against PSV on Thursday and official confirmation from the north London club is expected on Sunday.
Chelsea are also at home in their Champions League group stage clash with RB Salzburg on Wednesday night, which is also expected to be given the go-ahead.
Police concerns are less of an issue outside the capital, so Liverpool’s clash with Ajax and Manchester City’s game with Borussia Dortmund – both home games – will go ahead as planned.
Tottenham, West Ham and Manchester United are playing away from home so their matches will not be affected.
While many sports – such as cricket and rugby – continued over the weekend, football took the unusual decision to postpone all matches at every level.
This was done out of respect for the Queen, who was the Football Association’s patron, but next weekend’s matches are also at risk of being postponed due to police concerns.
With Her Majesty’s funeral taking place on Monday 19 September, it may be difficult to arrange matches in London the weekend before as people flock to the capital to pay their respects.
As things stand, the government and weather police have only advised against any sporting events on Monday week, but Sunday’s games in London – which include Brentford v Arsenal and Chelsea v Liverpool – could be under threat of being postponed.
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