When will EPL return as Fulham vs Chelsea match faces cancellation

The English Premier League fixtures set to face postponement starting from this weekend games and sources said that the EPL might not return until October.

The Blues are scheduled to play against Fulham tomorrow but could have the match cancelled after The Queen’s death.

This morning, a decision regarding the possible cancellation of Chelsea’s Premier League fixture against Fulham on Saturday, September 10 will be made.

The Premier League and EFL will meet with the government at 9am today (Friday, September 9) to agree a position on the weekend of games following the death of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday afternoon, aged 96. There will then be a meeting for the Premier League at 11am.

It was confirmed on Thursday evening that the round of EFL games due to be played today have been postponed, with the weekend games in the top four leagues likely to follow suit.

With an already packed schedule between now and the start of the winter World Cup in Qatar, the last match for Chelsea being on November 12, and all possible midweeks until then already having a match scheduled, the decision could have a serious knock-on effect.

A report from The Guardian states, “there are “indications from the government that the palace is not keen to have a lengthy period without fixtures or events”. That suggests if this weekend’s game are postponed, a return to action could be swift.”

Also adding, “some in the game are mindful of not taking up police resources or barriers, while others believe a longer period of mourning would be more appropriate.”

On top of this, Miguel Delaney tweeted: “There is a call between the DCMS and all sporting bodies starting now (9.30am), to discuss this weekend’s fixtures. It’s not automatic that everything will be cancelled, but it’s not all about the appropriate show of respect. There are concerns like availability security/police.”

With days of mourning and a 10-day process leading up to The Queen’s funeral, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to go to London in the coming days. Chelsea, in that time, have three matches in the capital, including Saturday’s trip to Craven Cottage, which could be new manager Graham Potter’s first in charge.

Chelsea are also due to face RB Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday, September 14, as well as Liverpool on Sunday, September 18 – which could be the same day as the funeral.

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