Liverpool and Chelsea ‘could play Champions League in Dublin’ after Queen death

Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea could move their Champions League games to Dublin following the death of the Queen, according to reports.

The United Kingdom will observe a period of mourning following the 96-year-old monarch's passing on Thursday. Premier League and EFL games have already been postponed this weekend as a mark of respect to the Queen.

However, the fate of European matches next week remains unknown. According to the Irish Sun, Premier League clubs are anxious to fulfil matches in UEFA competitions, which could see games moved to neutral moves to avoid a fixture backlog.

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The Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League group stages are due to finish on the week commencing 31 October, before the World Cup. That leaves little space in the calendar for next week's games to be postponed or rearranged in the event that football in the UK is cancelled.

The Sun claims that if no matches are allowed to be played in Britain over the next week, then Ireland's Aviva Stadium could host English clubs in European competition to allow fixtures to be fulfilled.

That could mean Liverpool, who are due to face Ajax at Anfield on Tuesday, plus Chelsea and Manchester City, who are set to face Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund respectively at home on Wednesday, having their games switched to a neutral venue.

The situation could also apply to Arsenal who face PSV at the Emirates in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Premier League confirmed on Friday that all ten of their weekend fixtures would not go ahead. Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, 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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