The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II prompted the cancellation and postponement of football matches last weekend, Saturday, September 10, 2022, and football fans have been wondering when the Premier League will return and which clubs will get to play.
Last week Friday, September 9, the Premier League, EFL, WSL, and SPFL all agreed to call off their weekend football matches following the immediate demise of the London Queen, and the decision was made by the leagues as a sign of respect.
However, the Queen’s funeral is on Monday 19 September 2022, and Premier League has confirmed that tributes will be paid to The Queen through football actions at all stadiums in Premier League Matchweek 8.
The Premier League issued this announcement on Monday, September 12 confirming via their official website that matches will resume.
According to The Premier League: “we would like to thank the UK Football Policing Unit and other police forces across the country, as well as our broadcast partners, for their support during this process, and will continue to liaise with them ahead of the weekend.
“For the matches being played during the period of national mourning, tributes will be paid to the Queen at Premier League stadiums.
“play will resume after a pause to the season as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
Out of the ten matches scheduled for match week 8 which commences on Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18, three matches have been postponed due to huge policing demands of the Queen’s funeral.
The Premier League has summed up the plans for the upcoming premier league matches this week and postponed the three matches considering police staffing resources that are being reallocated to the Queen’s funeral on September 19.
According to the Premier League Statement: “Following extensive consultation with clubs, police, local Safety Advisory Groups, and other relevant authorities, there was no other option but to postpone the three fixtures.”
The three matches that were suspended include the highly expected Chelsea vs. Liverpool and Manchester United vs. Leeds; these two matches were postponed due to the envisaged large crowd. While the match between Brighton vs. Crystal Palace was previously postponed due to a different issue.
Meanwhile, Brentford vs. Arsenal match was also moved from Saturday to Sunday, while Everton vs. West Ham match had its kickoff time shifted back slightly.
Here are the fixtures, kick-off time, and how to watch the scheduled premier league matches:
Friday 16 September 2022
Aston Villa v Southampton, kick-off time 20:00. Venue: Villa Stadium. You can watch it live on Sky Sports
Nottingham Forest v Fulham, kick-off time: 20:00. Venue: Nottingham, City Ground Stadium
Saturday 17 September 2022.
Wolves v Man City, kick-off time: 12:30 Stadium:Molineux Stadium You can watch it live on BT Sport channel.
Newcastle v AFC Bournemouth, kick-off time: 15:00. Stadium: St. James’ Park.
Tottenham v Leicester City, kick-off time 17:30. You can watch it live on Sky Sports.
Brighton v Crystal Palace(postponed)
Sunday 18 September,2022.
Brentford v Arsenal, kick-off time 12:00. Stadium: Gtech Community Stadium. Watch live on Sky Sports.
Everton v West Ham, kick-off time 14:15. Stadium: Goodison Park. Watch live on Sky Sports.
Chelsea v Liverpool(postponed)
Man Utd v Leeds(postponed)