Fulham’s trip to Nottingham Forest on Friday IS set to go ahead

Fulham's trip to Nottingham Forest on Friday IS set to go ahead following Premier League meeting... with police and stewards not raising objections to match between promoted sides taking place ahead of Queen's funeral

  • Last weekend;'s fixtures were postponed following death of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Premier League held a meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss their next steps 
  • Nottingham Forest are due to face Fulham on Friday at the City Ground at 8pm 
  • The Premier League wish for the game to proceed and a statement is expected

By Simon Jones and Kishan Vaghela For Mailonline

Published: 17:11, 12 September 2022 | Updated: 18:06, 12 September 2022

Nottingham Forest's Premier League fixture with Fulham on Friday is set to go ahead.

The Premier League held a meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss their next steps over scheduling games after last weekend's fixtures were postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Forest are due to face Fulham on Friday at the City Ground with an 8pm kick off and police have not raised any objections to the game going ahead while stewards have also cleared the way.

The Premier League also wish for the game to proceed and a statement is expected over the coming hours.

Only East Midlands rivals Leicester City sit below Forest in the table, with defeat against Bournemouth resulting a fourth loss of the campaign for Steve Cooper's men following their promotion to the top flight.

Last season's Championship winners Fulham meanwhile sit in the top half having won two games and drawn the same amount, but were beaten last time out at Tottenham.

And while their Premier League fixture looks set to take place, a number of games in London and elsewhere across the country over the weekend are at risk with police forces stretched with the Queen's funeral set to be held on Monday.

Nottingham Forest's Premier League fixture with Fulham on Friday is set to go ahead Nottingham Forest's Premier League fixture with Fulham on Friday is set to go ahead

Nottingham Forest's Premier League fixture with Fulham on Friday is set to go ahead

Forest are due to face Fulham on Friday at the City Ground with an 8pm kick off Forest are due to face Fulham on Friday at the City Ground with an 8pm kick off

Forest are due to face Fulham on Friday at the City Ground with an 8pm kick off

Police officers from forces across the country will be drafted in to support the Metropolitan Police with hundreds of thousands of people set to descend on London for the historic events. 

Other Premier League games set to be staged in the city over the weekend include Chelsea vs Liverpool and Brentford vs Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, plus Tottenham vs Leicester City on Saturday evening.

The other high-risk Premier League game is between Manchester United and Leeds United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Arsenal have also seen their Europa League tie against Dutch side PSV Eindhoven postponed due to 'insufficient police personnel',  but Chelsea's Champions League fixture against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday will be played.

Police officers are set to be drafted in from across the country for the Queen's funeral Police officers are set to be drafted in from across the country for the Queen's funeral

Police officers are set to be drafted in from across the country for the Queen's funeral

The Queen's funeral, set for Monday, could lead to the postponement of more football games The Queen's funeral, set for Monday, could lead to the postponement of more football games

The Queen's funeral, set for Monday, could lead to the postponement of more football games 

The EFL also announced its full programme of games set for Tuesday and Wednesday this week will go ahead as planned.

But there will be serious Premier League concerns over when any postponed games can be rescheduled for amid an already packed calendar because of November's World Cup in Qatar.

All six group matches in the three European competitions are being squeezed into two months ahead of the start of the tournament.

There are no free midweek or weekend slots to rearrange the games already postponed  for the rest of the year.  

It came after Sportsmail revealed that another complicating factor is a lack of TV broadcast trucks at the disposal of Sky Sports because of the blanket coverage of the Queen's death on Sky News.  

WHICH FOOTBALL FIXTURES COULD BE AFFECTED THIS WEEK? 

Football on a wide scale is set to recommence on Tuesday following the postponement of last weekend's fixtures, but policing concerns mean games will be assessed on a match-by-match basis.

The strain on police resources is the biggest obstacle to Premier League games taking place as planned next weekend, as up to 10,000 police officers will be deployed in London to manage what has been described as an unprecedented security operation in the capital ahead of the Queen's funeral. 

Here is how things stand at the moment and which fixtures are most likely to be affected:

Tuesday

Liverpool are due to host Ajax in the Champions League. As it stands, this game is still on. 

In the same group, Rangers' tie with Napoli has been put back a day to Wednesday. This was due to 'severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues'.

Away fans have also been banned.

The EFL announced on Monday that their fixture programme will return as scheduled from Tuesday.

Wednesday

Chelsea's clash with Red Bull Salzburg is to go ahead as planned.

Manchester City are also in Champions League action - against Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad. 

Celtic are playing Shakhtar Donetsk, but this game is away from home so is unlikely to be affected. 

The EFL announced on Monday that their fixture programme will return as scheduled from Tuesday. 

Thursday

Arsenal's Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven has been postponed

Manchester United have confirmed on their official website that their trip to FC Sheriff will go ahead as planned.

West Ham are due to play Swedish side Silkeborg away, Hearts will travel to RFS and Shamrock Rovers go to Gent in the Europa Conference League. There appears to be no reason why these games won't go ahead. 

Friday

The Premier League is due to resume on Friday night, when Aston Villa host Southampton and Fulham travel to Nottingham Forest.

Villa vs Southampton is due to be broadcast on Sky Sports but, as Sportsmail reported on Monday morning, the broadcaster is running out of the outside broadcast trucks required to deliver live coverage as many are being used by their sister channel, Sky News

Women's Super League, National League and grassroots games should be able to take place as planned. 

Saturday 

In London, Tottenham take on Leicester on Saturday evening but this again depends on policing levels and the availability of Sky's TV trucks.

Wolves are due to host Manchester City at 12:30pm and Newcastle welcome Bournemouth in the only 3pm game.

Brighton vs Crystal Palace was already postponed because of the scheduled train strike, which has now been cancelled. However there is no indication that the match will take place. 

The EFL announced on Monday that their fixture programme will return as scheduled from Tuesday. 

Women's Super League, National League and grassroots games should be able to take place as planned. 

Scottish football leagues will also resume with the caveat that any fixtures under the professional banner be rescheduled if they fall on Monday September 19, the day of the Queen's funeral. 

Sunday

Brentford play Arsenal and Chelsea are at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

With both matches in London, this again depends on policing levels in the capital just a day before the Queen's funeral.

It also again depends on the availability of Sky's TV trucks.

Sportsmail understands that the football's authorities are struggling to get a green light for Chelsea vs Liverpool. 

There are also major doubts over whether Leeds' trip to Manchester United will take place next Sunday as a large police presence will be required at Old Trafford.

Everton are also scheduled to host West Ham at Goodison Park. 

Women's Super League, National League and grassroots games should be able to take place as planned. 

Scottish football leagues will also resume with the caveat that any fixtures under the professional banner be rescheduled if they fall on Monday September 19, the day of the Queen's funeral. 

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