Aston Villa vs Southampton ‘expected to go ahead’ on Friday

Villa’s game against the Saints looks set to go ahead this Friday

Aston Villa’s home game against Southampton is reportedly set to go ahead on Friday evening.

According to The Athletic, it’s understood West Midlands Police has given the green light for the fixture to go ahead. The match is set to kick off at 8pm on Friday night.

Football fixtures across the country were postponed over the weekend as a mark of respect following the death of the Queen. Football on a wide scale is set to recommence on Tuesday following the postponement of all the weekend’s fixtures, but policing concerns mean games will be assessed on a match-by-match basis.

The Premier League are yet to confirm whether the whole top-flight schedule will take place this weekend. Fulham are due to Nottingham Forest, also on Friday in London. Tottenham take on Leicester on Saturday evening, while Brentford play Arsenal and Chelsea are at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

Jacob Ramsey of Aston Villa in action with Tino Livramento of Southampton during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park on March 5, 2022 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Statement from National Police Chief’s Council

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“We will work with football clubs to try and ensure that, where possible, football fixtures can take place safely when balanced against the requirement to support national events and deliver day-to-day policing,” said a statement from the National Police Chief’s Council.

“This is a unique situation and we are working closely with everyone involved.”

The English Football League programme is due to return, but resourcing issues, particularly in relation to police, may cause difficulties with certain local authority’s Safety Advisory Group protocols. Millwall are set to play two home games next week, against QPR on Wednesday and Blackpool on Saturday. The Queen’s funeral takes place next Monday.

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