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Premier League resumption could face further delay due to lack of TV trucks and police resources

By Sports Desk September 13, 2022

The return of Premier League football could be jeopardised by a shortage of TV trucks caused by the 24/7 coverage being given to Her Majesty the Queen's funeral. 

According to British media outlet Sportsmail, the Premier League's main rights holder Sky Sports are running out of the outside broadcast trucks required to deliver live coverage as many are being used by their sister channel, Sky News.

Sky Sports are due to televise eight live matches across football next weekend, beginning with Aston Villa v Southampton in the Premier League on Friday evening followed by Tottenham v Leicester the next day, and Brentford v Arsenal and Chelsea v Liverpool on Sunday.

In addition, Sky have two live Championship matches on Saturday, plus Scottish Premier League and Women's Super League fixtures the following day.

Sky News are providing unprecedented coverage of events across the country building up to the Queen's funeral next Monday, which has put a strain on their resources. 

The lack of TV trucks is understood to have emerged as an additional complicating factor during talks over football's resumption following last weekend's shutdown, which will continue this morning with a briefing from government.

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 funeral. 

Officers from across the country will be redeployed to the capital so it is not just London fixtures that are at risk of being postponed.

There are 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, while Chelsea v Liverpool on the same day is also deemed a high-risk fixture.

There are doubts over Arsenal's Europa League clash with PSV Eindhoven taking place on Thursday night after Rangers' Champions League fixture with Napoli was put back 24 hours until Wednesday, with away fans banned. 

UEFA have also forbidden Rangers fans to attend the return match in Italy next month, for 'sporting fairness' reasons.

 

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