The National League will go ahead when English football restarts

The National League will go ahead when English football restarts

National League games will resume from Monday after football was stopped as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Midweek English Football League matches are expected to go ahead, but the EFL has yet to issue a statement.

The Premier League has yet to make an announcement about the matches to be played between September 16 and 18.

Some games could be affected by a lack of resources, such as the police, but issues will be reviewed on a game-by-game basis.

A spokesman for the National Police Chiefs Council said: “Police across the UK are working closely with other organizations to ensure events are held safely and with adequate security.

“Following the decisions by the Premier League and the English Football League to cancel this weekend’s matches, we will work with football clubs to try to ensure that, wherever possible, football matches can be carry out safely when balanced with the requirement to support national events and deliver day-to-day policing.

“This is a unique situation and we are working closely with everyone involved.”

Welsh football at all levels will resume on tuesday, but the Football Association of Wales said guidance on matches to be held on the day of the funeral “will be provided in due course”.

In a statement earlier on Sunday, the National League, the fifth tier of English football, said: “The League can confirm that the fixtures scheduled for the week from Monday 12 September will go ahead as planned.

“Clubs are asked, for all games up until the funeral, to observe a minute’s silence before the game and to wear black armbands as a mark of respect.”

The restart comes after the Football Association approved the fixtures to be played from Monday, which will see four FA Trophy games and two top-of-the-table National League games at Bradford Park Avenue and Chelmsford City.

The Queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died on Thursday and a state funeral will be held on Monday, September 19.

UEFA has moved Rangers’ Champions League home game against Napoli from Tuesday to Wednesday“due to severe constraints on police resources and organizational issues relating to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”.

Meanwhile, Tottenham have confirmed that their Champions League game against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday will “go ahead as planned”.

Ten Premier League games were postponed over the weekend, including Monday’s game between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.

Police games could be a factor in the decision if forces are redeployed to London ahead of the Queen’s funeral.

There are currently three games scheduled for the capital. Tottenham play Leicester on Saturday evening, while Brentford face Arsenal and Chelsea are at home to Liverpool on Sunday 18 September.

Manchester City’s Champions League game at home to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday will go ahead as planned, as will Manchester United’s Europa League game with FC Sheriff in Moldova on Thursday.

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