Football matches across the country are at risk of being postponed following the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Much of British sport has been suspended as a mark of respect after the grim news from Buckingham Palace.
The country’s longest-reigning monarch – who served as head of state for more than 70 years – died peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96.
Arsenal, Hearts, Manchester United and West Ham all played their European matches on Thursday, with each team paying tribute with a minute’s silence.
But other sporting events have been scrapped or cancelled.
Northampton’s Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Saracens scheduled for Thursday night has been postponed, amid news that there will be no play in England’s Test cricket against South Africa South Friday.
Play was also suspended for the day at the BMW PGA Golf Championship in Wentworth and there will be no play on Friday.
Horse racing – the Queen’s lifelong passion – was scrapped at Southwell and Chelmsford on Thursday evening and meetings scheduled for Friday – including day three of St Leger’s meeting in Doncaster – were also cancelled.
Will the Premier League and EFL cancel fixtures this weekend?
The EFL have announced that two fixtures scheduled for Friday night will no longer take place.
Burnley v Norwich City and Tranmere Rovers v Stockport County are the games that have been postponed.
A decision will be made on Friday morning on the rest of the EFL and Premier League matches due to take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Premier League and EFL chiefs will speak with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and other sport leaders about what to do before making an announcement.
A Premier League statement on Friday evening read: “The Premier League is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family and everyone around the world who mourn the loss of Her Majesty.”
And the EFL statement read: “As a mark of respect, following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II earlier today, the EFL have confirmed that their fixtures scheduled for tomorrow evening (Friday 9 September) – Burnley against Norwich City and Tranmere Rovers v Stockport County – have been postponed.
“A decision regarding the remainder of this weekend’s scheduled fixtures will be made after a review of official bereavement guidelines, in addition to further consultation with DCMS and other sports on Friday morning.”
Here are the Premier League matches currently due to take place throughout the weekend:
- 10/09/2022 12:30 Fulham v Chelsea
- 10/09/2022 15:00 AFC Bournemouth – Brighton
- 10/09/2022 15:00 Leicester City v Aston Villa
- 10/09/2022 15:00 Liverpool – Wolverhampton
- 10/09/2022 15:00 Southampton v Brentford
- 09/10/2022 17:30 Manchester City – Tottenham Hotspur
- 11/09/2022 14:00 Arsenal v Everton
- 11/09/2022 14:00 West Ham United v Newcastle United
- 11/09/2022 16:30 Crystal Palace v Manchester United
- 12/09/2022 20:00 Leeds United v Nottingham Forest