Chelsea v Liverpool among three fixtures postponed as Premier League returns this weekend

Chelsea v Liverpool among three fixtures postponed as Premier League returns this weekend

The Premier League will return this weekend but three fixtures have been postponed over policing concerns.

Crystal Palace’s trip to Brighton on Saturday is off, as are Chelsea v Liverpool and Manchester United v Leeds on Sunday.

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The Premier League statement read: ‘Premier League fixtures will resume this weekend after a pause to the season as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

‘Seven of the 10 Premier League fixtures this weekend will be played, with three matches postponed due to events surrounding The Queen’s funeral.

‘In addition, kick-off times will change for two Premier League matches.

‘Matches postponed on Sunday 18 September are Chelsea’s matches against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, and Manchester United’s home match v Leeds United.

‘Brighton & Hove Albion’s fixture against Crystal Palace, that was due to be played at 15: 00 BST on Saturday 17 September, will also remain postponed.

‘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.’

This weekend’s match schedule is:

Friday 16 September

20: 00 Aston Villa v Southampton

20: 00 Nott’ham Forest v Fulham

Saturday 17 September

12: 30 Wolves v Man City

15: 00 Newcastle  v AFC Bournemouth

17: 30 Spurs v Leicester City

Postponed Brighton v Crystal Palace

Sunday 18 September

12: 00 Brentford v Arsenal

14: 15 Everton v West Ham

Postponed Chelsea v Liverpool

Postponed Man Utd v Leeds

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