Premier League postpones this weekend’s football fixtures following Queen Elizabeth death as a mark of respect.
Premier League postponed this weekend’s games following the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
The United Kingdom will now enter a 12-day mourning period and as part of that plan, sports fixtures will be postponed.
An all-sports call took place with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport at 9.30 am with Julian Knight, chair of the DCMS who has said government advice is that no sporting events should take place this weekend or on the day of Her Majesty’s funeral. Confirms final decision is up to individual sporting bodies.
Richard Masters, Chief Executive of the Premier League, has told clubs that government guidance is unlikely to be ‘definitive’ and that they will have to make their own decisions with regards to fixtures but it is expected that this weekend’s fixtures including Monday’s game against Nottingham Forest are called off.
Leeds United’s next match is scheduled for Sunday week, 19th September, at Old Trafford but the possibility of a state funeral that weekend could mean Leeds do not play again until October with the international break at the end of September.
Chief executive Richard Masters told the clubs that government guidance is unlikely to be ‘definitive’, which essentially means the EPL will make its own decision.
“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 organizations.
“As a mark of respect, organizations might wish to consider canceling 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 organizations.
“If sporting fixtures or events are planned for the day of the State Funeral, organizations may want to adjust the event timings so they do not clash with the timings of the funeral service and associated processions.
“ As a mark of respect, and in keeping with the tone of National Mourning, organizers may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the start of events or sporting fixtures, and players may wish to wear black armbands.”