The Premier League has suspended this weekend’s fixtures as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96.
The decision to postpone all matches from Saturday and Monday was taken after a Premier League shareholders meeting on Friday, which was held following an earlier meeting involving the British government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport and representatives from a range of sports.
The English Football League and Women’s Super League have also decided to postpone it’s round of fixtures this weekend.
Tributes from across football and the sports world were made in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died on Thursday after 70 years on the throne.
The U.K. has entered a period of national mourning, expected to last at least 10 days. Further information on the remaining fixtures set to take place during this period will be confirmed in due course.
Government advice says that no major events should be held on the day of the Queen’s funeral — the date of which has not yet been confirmed — but is most likely to take place on either Sunday, Sept. 18 or Monday, Sept. 19.
The Premier League said in a statement on Friday: “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.”
The government said it was the decision of individual organisations to make regarding the holding of events during the nation’s mourning period.
“There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the national mourning period. This is at the discretion of individual organisations,” it said in a document of official guidance for the public and businesses.
“As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral. They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of individual organisations.”
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