The Premier League eighth-round derby between Chelsea and Liverpool, scheduled to take place on September 18 at 6.30pm at Stamford Bridge, could be postponed amid policing problems in the capital following the death of Queen Elizabeth II .
The Queen died aged 96 on Thursday, marking the end of her historic reign and making her son Charles king.
The Premier League and the English Football League have postponed all matches that were scheduled to be played this weekend along with a host of other sporting events.
However, Chelsea’s Premier League game at home to Liverpool is still not scheduled for Sunday, September 18 at 4:30 p.m. And Brentford’s home game against Arsenal is due to kick off at 4pm on the same day.
Tottenham are due to host Leicester on Saturday 17th September at 7.30pm, with this match still expected to go ahead as planned.
However, there are fears that Sunday’s games in London could be postponed or even moved to be played elsewhere.
No sporting events are expected to take place during the Queen’s funeral parade and service, which is expected to be on Monday, September 19.
Millions of people are likely to start arriving in London as early as Sunday to pay their respects to the Queen after her 70-year reign, putting a huge drain on the Metropolitan Police’s resources.
This could mean that there will not be enough staff to work at both Stamford Bridge and Brentford’s stadium.
This scenario would also create a major headache for Premier League chiefs if the weekend’s fixtures had to be rearranged.