“With a national policing plan now in operation, the league and clubs will continue to work with forces in respect of any challenges that may emerge regarding policing of specific fixtures.”


The Premier League is set to resume on Friday, when Aston Villa host Southampton and Fulham travel to Nottingham Forest.

But it is not yet certain that all matches in the English top flight or EFL will go ahead as planned at the weekend due to the strain on police resources as a result of the queen’s state funeral, which will take place next Monday.

Sports governing bodies were meeting again with the government on Monday to discuss the scheduling of events.

The English Football Association announced that fixtures, including in the Women’s Super League and FA Cup qualifying, will resume immediately.

The Scottish FA said the intention was for the “professional game to resume as normal” and Welsh football chiefs said matches would start again on Tuesday.

“We will work with football clubs to try and ensure that, where possible, football fixtures can take place safely when balanced against the requirement to support national events and deliver day-to-day policing,” said a statement from the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

“This is a unique situation and we are working closely with everyone involved.”

Arsenal’s Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven on Thursday has been postponed due to a lack of police resources in the capital.

A huge police operation is required in London this week with the queen to lie in state between Wednesday and her funeral next Monday.

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