Chelsea vs Liverpool ‘most at risk’ of postponement amid crunch talks today

Chelsea's visit of Liverpool scheduled for Sunday evening is the Premier League fixture most at risk of postponement as it comes less than 24 hours before The Queen's state funeral.

The fixture is penciled in for September 18, four days after Chelsea welcome Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League and five days after Liverpool host Ajax.

The confusion over their domestic meeting comes due to the amount of police that will be required in other areas of London with tributes being paid to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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With The Queen's state funeral booked in to take place across the capital on Sunday, other fixtures in the city this weekend include Tottenham vs Leicester on Saturday and Brentford vs Arsenal the day after.

The Mail report that officials are 'hopeful' that games will go ahead as normal next weekend with Premier League chiefs to to take part in crunch talks today (September 12).

At the very least Aston Villa vs Southampton, live on Sky Sports on Friday night (September 16), looks set to go ahead after getting the green light from local police, according to The Athletic.

Premier League and Football League fixtures at the weekend were all postponed as a mark of respect for longest reigning of any British monarch – with King Charles III now on the throne.

Fears that tributes to the late Queen may not have been 'universally respected' are said to have played a role in the postponement of Premier League fixtures.

League chief Richard Masters announced that none of the planned fixtures from Friday to Monday would go ahead after the Queen's passing at Balmoral.

Premier League chief executive Masters had said: "We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.

"As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication.

"This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation, but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing."


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