Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers postponed following Queen Elizabeth’s death
As confirmed by the club’s official Twitter account, this weekend’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers has been postponed in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
A state of mourning permeates the death of the longest-serving Monarch in British history. Premier League games set to be held this weekend have been called off as a sign of respect.
The UK government has admitted that there is no obligation from their end to postpone any sporting event this weekend. However, they have passed the buck by attributing the final decision to the organising bodies, in this case, the Premier League.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport held a call earlier today to determine the plan of action for the weekend’s activities.
Despite leaving the decision to the respective organisations, the DCMS Select Committee chair Julian Knight told TalkSPORT (h/t The Daily Mail) that sporting events should not take place as a matter of respect. It would appear that the Premier League also thinks along the same lines.
The Premier League will make a decision on the games to be held next week in due course. The Reds face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but given that the game will be held in London, it remains to be seen whether there will be enough police personnel available to see the match organised without any hitches.
As things stand, the country looks set to experience a 10-day mourning period, putting all the games scheduled during this time in danger of being rearranged.
Postponing all ties could also prove to be a difficult decision given the packed schedule thanks to this year’s FIFA World Cup. Given that we are experiencing poor form and also have players coming back from injury, having a couple of games put away could work in our favour.
It remains to be seen what happens to our upcoming UEFA Champions League fixture against Ajax on September 13 at Anfield and the league outing against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, September 18.
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