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Europa League: Arsenal vs. PSV Eindhoven postponed due to “severely limited police resources”.
Arsenal FC’s Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven has been postponed due to “severe constraints on police resources” following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The match was due to be played at Emirates Stadium on Thursday.
Uefa said a new date for the match would be announced in due course.
European football’s governing body Uefa is confident that all security requirements around the game at Stamford Bridge will be met.
Around 3,000 PSV fans are expected to attend the match.
A Uefa statement announcing the postponement said: “This is due to severely limited police resources and organisational issues related to ongoing events as part of the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
EFL match operations to resume
It was announced on Monday that English Football League fixtures will resume from Tuesday after football was paused as a mark of respect following the Queen’s death.
Stadiums will pay tribute to the Queen, who died on Thursday. A minute’s silence will be held before matches and the national anthem will be played.
Black armbands will be worn and flags will be flown at half-mast.
All English, Welsh and Northern Irish football and Scottish senior football have been postponed over the weekend.
National League matches will take place from Monday, while the Premier League has not yet announced which matches will be played between 16 and 18 September.
In a statement, the EFL said it would “continue to work with police forces to resolve any issues that may arise in policing certain matches”.
It added: “Individual circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Match Safety Advisory Group’s standard protocols.”
Six championship matches are scheduled for Tuesday, alongside a full programme of first and second division matches. Six more championship matches will take place on Wednesday.
The use of police forces at matches could be a factor in deciding whether to move forces to London ahead of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday 19 September.
On Sunday, a spokesman for the National Council of Chief Police Officers said, “British police work closely with other organisations to ensure that events are held safely and with the appropriate security arrangements.
“Following the decisions by the Premier League and English Football League to cancel matches this weekend, we will be working with football clubs to ensure that football matches can take place safely wherever possible, when balanced with the requirements of supporting national events and day-to-day policing.
“This is a unique situation and we are working closely with all stakeholders.
Football will resume in Northern Ireland on Monday, while Welsh football will resume on Tuesday and Scottish football on Wednesday.
On Monday, the Football Association (FA) confirmed that the Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship – which were due to start last weekend – will go ahead as planned, as will grassroots football.
In a statement, the FA said, “All matches played in stadiums must be played as normal by the leagues and clubs in cooperation with the relevant authorities.
“We will be advising clubs, leagues and competitions across the country to observe a minute’s silence before matches and to wear black armbands where possible.
The FA also confirmed that all matches scheduled for 19 September – the day of the Queen’s funeral – will be postponed.
What about other European games?
Uefa has already moved Rangers’ Champions League home game against Napoli from Tuesday to Wednesday “due to severely limited police resources and organisational issues relating to the ongoing events as part of the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have confirmed that their Champions League away game at Sporting Lisbon will go ahead “as planned” on Tuesday, while Liverpool host Ajax at Anfield on the same day and Celtic travel to Poland to play Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
Manchester City’s Champions League home game against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday is scheduled to go ahead, as is Manchester United’s Europa League match against Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova on Thursday.
In the Europa Conference League, West Ham are away to Danish side Silkeborg on Thursday, while Hearts travel to Latvian side Rigas Futbola Skola.
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