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12th Sep 2022

Chelsea vs Liverpool ‘highly likely’ to be postponed

Simon Lloyd

The game looks almost certain to be postponed

Chelsea’s Premier League meeting with Liverpool is ‘highly likely’ to be postponed this weekend ahead of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The meeting between the two clubs is currently scheduled to take place at 4.30 on Sunday – the day before the funeral is scheduled to be held at Westminster Abbey.

According to The Mirror, the game is now unlikely to take place on Sunday due to a lack of available police resources.

On Monday morning meetings were held by police officials with representatives of football clubs and the sport’s governing bodies. Although the plan is for as many fixtures to take place as planned, it seems likely that a lack of policing will inevitably force some of the games to be postponed.

Last weekend, football’s governance decided to postpone all matches across the country – from the Premier League to grassroots – as a show of respect for the Queen’s passing.

The EFL have since confirmed it intends to resume with its full schedule of midweek fixtures this week, with several European games also expected to take place.

Rangers have, however, moved their Champions League game with Napoli to Wednesday night over concerns there would not be enough police available at and around Ibrox.

The Queen’s coffin is currently in Edinburgh after being moved from her residence at Balmoral and is expected to be flown to London on Tuesday. Napoli supporters are also to be prevented from attending the game in a bid to minimise police resources.

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