Premier League football returns: Man Utd vs Leeds and Chelsea vs Liverpool postponed

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The Premier League will resume this weekend but Manchester United vs Leeds and Chelsea vs Liverpool have been postponed with police resources stretched in the wake of the Queen’s death.

All Premier League matches were postponed on the weekend of September 10 and 11 as English football embarked on a period of reflection following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

The Football Association confirmed on Monday football would return this week, though limitations to police resources surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday, September 19 have forced further postponements and rearrangements.

Manchester United’s match against Leeds at Old Trafford and Chelsea and Liverpool’s clash at Stamford Bridge, scheduled for 2pm and 4.30pm on September 18, respectively, have been postponed, while Brighton’s match with Crystal Palace on September 17 remains off despite the cancellation of a proposed train strike.

On September 18, Brentford vs Arsenal has been moved to a 12pm kick-off, while Everton vs West Ham will now take place at 2.15pm – both live on Sky Sports Premier League.

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey, with the entire football schedule postponed that day.

Premier League schedule

Friday September 16

  • Aston Villa vs Southampton – 8pm, live on Sky Sports
  • Nottingham Forest vs Fulham – 8pm

Saturday September 17

  • Wolves vs Man City – 12.30pm
  • Brighton vs Crystal Palace – Postponed
  • Newcastle vs Bournemouth – 3pm
  • Tottenham vs Leicester – 5,30pm, live on Sky Sports

Sunday September 18

  • Brentford vs Arsenal – 12pm, live on Sky Sports
  • Manchester United vs Leeds – Postponed
  • Everton vs West Ham – 2.15pm, live on Sky Sports
  • Chelsea vs Liverpool – Postponed
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A Premier League statement read: “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 Premier League 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. New dates for the postponed matches will be announced in due course.”

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