Premier League Cancels Weekend’s Football Fixtures to Honour Queen’s Passing
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Premier League has confirmed that this weekend’s football fixtures will not go ahead but other sports are poised to continue after the death of the monarch, Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday afternoon.
At a meeting on Friday morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and said “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.”
Mr Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, 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.”
It was announced that further updates regarding Premier League fixtures during the period of mourning will be provided in due course.
Also, the English Football League (EFL), which had already called off Friday’s games, said its decision was “aligned with the approach that the Premier League and the FA will take with their competitions this weekend”.
The major sports handlers in the kingdom held a meeting with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport in call at 9.30 a.m, before the official guidance was publicly released.
It makes clear there is no obligation to postpone matches during the official mourning period after the Queen’s death, but it suggests that sports may wish to switch the timings of games on the day of her funeral.
“As a mark of respect, and in keeping with the tone of National Mourning, organisers 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,” it was suggested.