The Daily Mirror have revealed that despite the fact EFL and the Premier League are expected to resume their footballing calendar this weekend, fixtures taking place in London still face the threat of being postponed.
All the fixtures in gameweek 7, including Tottenham’s trip to Manchester City, were called off after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday, and it is unclear if the next round of fixtures will go ahead.
The Athletic reported on Saturday that although Premier League clubs are hopeful of returning to action next weekend, there are some concerns over games in London, including Leicester’s trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It was explained that games in the capital are at threat since police officers are likely to be redeployed at short notice to help manage the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which will be held on Monday.
One solution that is said to have been proposed is having the London clubs playing away from home next weekend instead of at their own stadiums but the report added that this idea is unlikely to prove popular with clubs.
The Daily Mirror have now revealed that the Premier League will be hoping to get as many games as possible next weekend. However, they also add that hosting games in the capital would be ‘a major challenge’ owing to the policing requirements.
The report states that the TV companies, clubs and Premier League are desperate to get the games on and will look at different options, including moving kick-off times and switching days.
The Mirror adds that the fear is that any further postponement could have a huge knock-on effect, given the already packed schedule this season.
Spurs Web Opinion
Under normal circumstances, I would expect the fixtures to be postponed, given that the state funeral for Her Majesty is on Monday. However, these are exceptional circumstances in football as the schedule has never been as busy as this, owing to the World Cup during mid-season.
Any further postponements might have to be pushed back all the way to a final couple of months of the season, and having certain clubs with games in hand over others for five to six months of the season, would raise question marks regarding the integrity of the competition.
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