Premier League: Chelsea-Liverpool, Man Utd-Leeds & Brighton-Palace off before Queen’s funeral

The LED board shows a photo Queen Elizabeth II as players of West Ham United and FCSB observe a minutes silence

Two Premier League matches have been postponed this weekend because of the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

Chelsea’s home game with Liverpool and Leeds United’s trip to Manchester United have been called off.

Brighton against Crystal Palace had already been postponed because of rail strikes and won’t be played.

The other league matches between 16 and 18 September will take place after football paused last weekend as a mark of respect following the Queen’s death.

“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,” said a Premier League statement.

“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.”

More to follow.

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