After the postponement of all the Premier League 2022-23 fixtures on September 10 and 11, the English football has decided to postpone three upcoming fixtures on the coming weekend due to the lack of police resources following the Queen's demise.
The Football Association (FA) confirmed the return of football this week but Queen Elizabeth II's funeral on Monday, September 19 has further limited the police resources and led to the postponements and rearrangements of Premier League fixtures.
Earlier, Brighton's match against Crystal Palace on September 17 was called off due to a proposed train strike, however, the strike has been cancelled but the fixture remains off. Apart from that, the matches between Manchester United and Leeds at the Old Trafford, Chelsea and Liverpool at the Stamford Bridge scheduled for September 18 are postponed.
A Premier League statement read, "Following extensive consultation with clubs, police, local Safety Advisory Groups and other relevant authorities, there was no other option but to postpone the three fixtures. The Premier League would like to thank the UK Football Policing Unit and other police forces across the country, as well as our broadcast partners, for their support during this process, and will continue to liaise with them ahead of the weekend.
"For the matches being played during the period of National Mourning, tributes will be paid to The Queen at Premier League stadiums. New dates for the postponed matches will be announced in due course."
Brentford vs Arsenal and Everton vs West Ham on September 18 has been rescheduled to 4:30 pm and 6:45 pm respectively on the same date. While the entire English Football schedule on September 19 is postponed following Queen Elizabeth II's funeral at 11am on Monday.