Ipswich Town vs Bristol Rovers will go ahead as EFL make announcement plus Lincoln news
Just over 24 hours until kick-off, the EFL confirms that Ipswich Town v Bristol Rovers and other matches will go ahead this week
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The Gas’ away match at MK Dons was postponed last Saturday as a ‘mark of respect’ for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II but now football resumes after a brief mourning period.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport, said that there was no obligation to postpone fixtures, however football opted to pause in the aftermath of the Queen’s death.
Sports such as cricket and rugby continued, but football governing bodies in the United Kingdom put a blanket ban on all games this weekend.
The postponement of the matches did not come until midday on Friday, leaving fans in a rush to claim refunds on travel to their respective matches.
Fans of Rovers need not worry however as the midweek trip to Portman Road was the next match for Joey Barton’s side and that will go ahead as usual.
As to whether their match at the Memorial Stadium next Saturday will go ahead against Lincoln City, that will be decided on an individual basis.
A statement from the EFL published on Monday morning read: “The EFL fixture programme will return as scheduled from Tuesday 13 September, with tributes to be paid to Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at grounds around the country. A minute’s silence will be held before matches, with black armbands to be worn by participants, flags to be flown at half-mast and the National Anthem to be played in stadiums.
“With a national policing plan now in operation, the League and Clubs will continue to work with forces in respect of any challenges that may emerge regarding policing of specific fixtures. Consideration to individual circumstances will be made on a case-by-case basis, in line with standard match Safety Advisory Group (SAG) protocols.”
Police forces are expected to deploy some of their staff to London for the funeral of the Queen, which is set to take place on Monday, September 19.
Most officers will be needed in the capital for the weekend which will limit the resources football clubs may have.Football matches need at least some police presence at high priority matches such as derby matches to go ahead.