All Premier League games this weekend have been postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, it was announced on Friday.
Duty during a national mourning. “At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the Premier League said in a statement. “To honor his extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s round of Premier League games are postponed, including Monday night’s game.
All English Football League and Women’s Super League matches will also be postponed.
Other UK sporting events scheduled for Friday, including Test Cricket and the PGA European Golf Championship, have been canceled out of respect.
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These sports could resume at the weekend. However, sporting bosses have been warned to avoid any confrontation at a state funeral, the date of which has yet to be announced.
“There is no obligation to cancel or postpone sporting events and events or to close entertainment venues during the period of national mourning,” the
government said in a guideline. “This is at the discretion of each organization.
As a mark of respect, organizations should consider canceling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the state funeral.
Manchester United’s Europa League clash against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford and West Ham’s Europa Conference League game against FCSB at the London Stadium continued with pre-match honors on Thursday.
Britain’s Horse Racing Authority said there would be no racing on Saturday and extended the cancellations to a third day. King’s Lynn, the only horse owned by the Queen to have competed in the races this weekend, will not compete at the Curragh on Sunday.
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Racing returns on Sunday with the St Leger, one of Britain’s five classic races, won by the Queen on her Dunfermline mare in 1977.