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PSV game reportedly in doubt : VAR mayhem

Morning all. A few Monday bits.

It’s being reported that Thursday’s Europa League game with PSV is in doubt, due to availability of police who will be required for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth. I’ve seen one newspaper article say that up to 10,000 officers will be on duty in the days leading up to Monday, and that may impact Thursday as mourners will be permitted to pay their respects 24 hours a day as the Queen’s coffin lies in state.

It might also see next weekend’s Premier League games in doubt, The Times report: The football authorities plan for as many matches as possible to go ahead, but clubs’ safety advisory groups will make their decisions game by game, with the key issue being around police resources.

The postponement of the PSV game would be a huge problem, because it’s impossible to see where it might fit in the current schedule. As it stands, Arsenal have 15 games between September 15th (Thursday), and November 12th, when football stops before the winter World Cup. There are 9 games in October, with every midweek already full. In November, the 4 games have the weekend/midweek schedule full, one of which is a Europa League game, the other an EFL Cup game.

Then there’s the question of fairness/sporting integrity when it comes to the other teams in the group, so a postponement on Thursday would be really problematic. Elsewhere, Rangers have moved their game against Napoli from Tuesday to Wednesdays, and barred away fans, I assume to reduce the necessary police presence. There’s no suggestion yet that PSV fans won’t be allowed on Thursday if the game goes ahead, but I imagine every possible way of making it happen will have to be considered – even behind closed doors?

I doubt they would go that far, but it’s quite possible that an absence of away fans would make policing the game easier, so if I were a PSV fan today with tickets booked for London, I think I’d be feeling quite nervous. Hopefully the game can go ahead as…

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Publish date : 2022-09-12 05:53:54

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