UEFA consider U-turn on dates where postponed Prem matches will take place

UEFA are thinking of allowing postponed Premier League matches to take place on European nights to help ease fixture congestion for English clubs ahead of the World Cup.

The British football calendar has been thrown into chaos after an entire round of fixtures were rearranged as a mark of respect for Her Majesty the Queen, who passed away at the age of 96 last week.

Several more matches have been postponed this weekend too, including Chelsea's clash with Liverpool and Manchester United's tie with Leeds, due to a lack of police resources in the run up to the Queen's funeral on Monday.

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Premier League games aren't usually allowed to be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday when UEFA competitions are in session, though it's understood an exception will be made in this case, as happened when club football returned after the first Covid-19 lockdown.

There're less than two months before players break for the World Cup, and with a swell of league, cup and European matches to get through before then, there's real concern that fixtures won't be completed in time.

The two-week international break at the end of September makes things even more difficult, with clubs unable to take advantage of the only real gap in their calendars.

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The Premier League will return just two days after the World Cup final, before a round of Carabao Cup matches are to be played. Shortly after that, FA Cup fixtures will begin in earnest.

English clubs faced a fine of £1million back in 2013 after scheduling games on European nights, despite the fact that it is not an official UEFA regulation, but a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Leagues body.


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