A decision has been reached on this weekend’s fixtures after discussion took place on Friday morning, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96
The Premier League, English Football League and Women’s Super League have announced that all of this weekend’s matches have been postponed as a mark respect for Queen Elizabeth II, who has passed away at the age of 96.
All matches in all the divisions across the weekend, up to and including Monday night’s Premier League fixture between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, have been called off, with non-league and grassroots football also cancelled.
It had been confirmed that Friday night’s EFL fixtures at Tranmere’s Prenton Park and Burnley’s Turf Moor were postponed shortly after news of the Queen’s death emerged on Thursday.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.
“As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication.
“This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing.”
In their staetement, the EFL said: “Further to discussions on Friday morning it has been determined that all EFL fixtures from 9-10 September will be postponed as a mark of respect by the National Sport to the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
“This is aligned with the approach that the Premier League and the FA will take with their competitions this weekend.
“Further information, in respect of how football, Clubs and their supporters will commemorate Her Majesty’s reign will be confirmed at an appropriate point.
“Details regarding rearranged games will be announced in due course.”
The Queen, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, passed away at Balmoral on Thursday where she was surrounded by family.
She is succeeded by her eldest son, now King Charles III.
Julian Knight, the chair of the Digital, Culture, media and Sport select committee, had earlier confirmed that individual sports can decide themselves whether they wanted to stage matches or not.
“This seems to be a sensible approach – that it’s going to be up to individual sports how they mark the passing of our remarkable Queen,” he said.
“Whether that is silences, the wearing of black armbands or the singing of the National Anthem, or whether there will be those who wish at this time that perhaps there won’t be having an event at all – it’s completely up to the individual sports.
“But the Government guidance seems to be relatively flexible and understanding.”
In cricket, the second day of the Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval is not taking place on Friday, with horse racing also postponed across the country on Friday and Saturday, resuming on Sunday.
However, Friday’s rugby union fixtures are set to go ahead, as is the one match in rugby league’s Super League.