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Lack of TV trucks could delay return of the Premier League

Ryan Sidle

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Lack of TV trucks could delay return of the Premier League

Premier League fixtures could still be postponed next weekend, because Sky might have a lack of television trucks to cover all the games.

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Football was one of the only sports to abandon all of its fixtures at the weekend, following the death of the Queen on Thursday night, even bafflingly cancelling kids football.

Whilst cricket paid an amazing tribute to the Queen, with a perfectly observed silence, and had the first rendition of 'God Save the King' at a sporting event in Britain since 1952, football decided the better tribute was to not go ahead.

Games will return this week, with British clubs playing in European competitions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and non league games actually starting on Monday.

However, there are some worries that there could be postponements again at the weekend, initially due to policing numbers, and TV could have a part to play.

According to the Daily Mail, Sky are using so many of their television trucks for outside broadcasting to cover the Queen's death and her upcoming funeral that they may not have enough for the live games.

Chelsea and Liverpool's game could be postponed. Image: Alamy
Chelsea and Liverpool's game could be postponed. Image: Alamy

Sky News are running pretty much 24/7 coverage of events outside Buckingham Palace, and elsewhere, with the funeral due to take place next Monday, 19th.

It's not just outside the palace where coverage is needed, especially with the Queen's coffin currently being Edinburgh, until later in the week when it will lie in state in London.

Meanwhile Sky Sports are due to show live footage of eight games next weekend, starting on Friday night with Aston Villa vs Southampton.

As well as three Premier League games, the broadcaster is also due to show live Championship, Scottish Premiership and Women's Super League games.

The WSL was meant to kick off last weekend but they lost those games to football's postponement, meaning Tottenham Hotspur Women didn't host Manchester United Women at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Brentford vs Arsenal is another game with a question mark hanging over it. Image: Alamy
Brentford vs Arsenal is another game with a question mark hanging over it. Image: Alamy

There had previously been worries about policing at games, with plenty of police expected to be posted to the funeral and other associated events.

Next weekend's fixtures include a London derby between Brentford and Arsenal and the huge clash between Chelsea and Liverpool, which could specifically be issues.

Rangers have already been affected by policing problems, with the Glasgow side having to move their Champions League game with Napoli from Tuesday night to Wednesday night.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Premier League, Sky Sports

Ryan Sidle
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