LONDON, UK, September 12 – Arsenal’s Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven on Thursday has been postponed due to a lack of police resources following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last week.
A massive police operation is needed in London this week, with the Queen expected to be in state between Wednesday and her funeral on Monday September 19.
“The UEFA Europa League game between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven, originally scheduled to be played on Thursday 15 September, has been postponed with a new date which will be communicated in due course,” UEFA said in a statement. statement on Monday.
“This is due to severe police resource limitations and organizational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
All football matches in England and Scotland were postponed over the weekend following the Queen’s death on Thursday.
Arsenal’s Premier League visit to Brentford on Sunday is also in doubt due to pressure on police resources.
The Gunners face a pile-up of fixtures in a campaign already set to be cut short by a first-ever Winter World Cup.
Apart from the upcoming international break, Mikel Arteta’s men are due to play every midweek before the start of the World Cup break on November 13.
The UEFA club competition group stages are due to end on November 3 and the round of 16 draws on November 7.