Arsenal confirm Europa League match against PSV is off in wake of the Queen’s death

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Arsenal - Emirates Stadium, London Credit: PA Images
Arsenal - Emirates Stadium, London Credit: PA Images

PSV’s match against Arsenal on Thursday has been postponed with police resources in London stretched in the wake of the Queen’s death last week.

UEFA confirmed on Monday that the tie would not now be played and that a new date for the match would be communicated in due course.

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European football’s governing body said the postponement was due “to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”.

An Arsenal statement read: “Our UEFA Europa League home fixture against PSV Eindhoven, scheduled for Thursday 15 September, has been postponed.

“The postponement follows liaison between UEFA, the Metropolitan Police and ourselves, after the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“We are working with the authorities to reschedule the match and any tickets (including those purchased via Ticket Exchange or received via Ticket Transfer) and/or hospitality packages purchased for this fixture will be valid for the rescheduled date.”

All EFL matches scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday are set to go ahead, with clubs planning to pay tribute to the Queen.

“A minute’s silence will be held before matches, with black armbands to be worn by participants, flags to be flown at half-mast and the national anthem to be played in stadiums,” the EFL said in a statement.

All matches in England over the weekend were postponed, and several Premier League games this weekend are in doubt.

Games are expected to go ahead, but matches in London may not be able to due to police resources being required in London for the funeral of the Queen next Monday.

In the top flight, Tottenham are due to host Leicester on Saturday evening while Brentford host Arsenal and Chelsea are at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

A spokesperson for the National Police Chiefs Council said: “Following the decisions of the Premier League and English Football League to cancel this weekend’s matches, 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.

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

Elsewhere in Europe, Rangers’ Champions League fixture against Napoli has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday due to “severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues”.

Away fans are not allowed in the ground, with Napoli supporters urged not to travel to Glasgow.

“As a matter of sporting fairness” Rangers fans will also not be able to attend the match when they take on the Serie A side in Naples on October 26.

Announcing the postponement, UEFA said: “This is due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“In addition, it was agreed to also postpone the Uefa Youth League game between both teams from Tuesday Sep 13 to Wednesday Sep 14 at 14:00 BST.

“Away fans will not be authorised at the games, and as a matter of sporting fairness, Rangers’ fans will not be authorised for the return legs in Naples.

“Uefa urges fans not to travel and to respect this extraordinary situation.”

The FA also confirmed that a scheduled media conference with England manager Gareth Southgate on Thursday to announce his squad for the forthcoming Nations League matches against Italy and Germany had been cancelled out of respect for the period of national mourning.

The squad will still be announced as planned at 2pm that day.

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