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Why Chelsea’s Premier League clash vs Fulham has been postponed after death of Queen Elizabeth II

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Why Chelsea’s Premier League clash vs Fulham has been postponed after death of Queen Elizabeth II

Chelsea’s Premier League clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon has been postponed following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. 

The 96-year-old died on Thursday afternoon peacefully at Balmoral following a reign of 70 years. In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

"The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

As a result, the mourning of Queen Elizabeth II sees the Matchday 7 of the 2022/23 Premier League season postponed. 

This sees Graham Potter having to wait to take charge of his first game as Chelsea head coach after being appointed as Thomas Tuchel’s successor on Thursday afternoon. 

Chelsea were due to play in a west London derby against league new-comers Fulham at Craven Cottage, but their weekend game will no longer be played. 

A statement from the Premier League on Friday morning read: "This weekend's match round to be postponed as a mark of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

"At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

To honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s game."

This comes despite the Government giving the Premier League the choice over whether to play the games or not.

The Guidance for the Period of National Mourning said: "The decision as to whether sporting fixtures continue to go ahead is at the discretion of organisers. Organisers may wish to consider using black armbands and observing a silence before matches are played."

When Potter’s first game in charge will be remains unclear following his appointment, with the Englishman having to wait longer than the initially expected London derby on Saturday. 

The former Brighton boss said: “I am incredibly proud and excited to represent Chelsea FC, this fantastic football club. 


“I am very excited to partner with Chelsea’s new ownership group and look forward to meeting and working with the exciting group of players and to develop a team and culture that our amazing fans can be proud of. 

“I would also like to place my sincere thanks to Brighton & Hove Albion for allowing me this opportunity and in particular Tony Bloom and all the players, staff and supporters for their continued support during my time at the club.”

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Premier League, Football

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