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Premier League fixtures postponed after the Queen's death

Ryan Sidle

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Premier League fixtures postponed after the Queen's death

The Premier League announced that this weekend's games have been postponed following the Queen's death on Thursday night.


There was confusion about what would happen to games this weekend, following the Queen's death at the age of 96, with the country in a period of mourning.

The EFL held talks with the government on Thursday night in regards to matches continuing, with Premier League clubs holding a meeting on Friday morning.

Following that meeting the league decided that games this weekend won't be going ahead, with the league putting out a statement confirming the news.

"At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II," the statement 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."

Premier League CEO 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."

Minute's silences were held at European games involving English teams on Thursday night. Image: Alamy
Minute's silences were held at European games involving English teams on Thursday night. Image: Alamy

It wasn't just the Premier League who decided to call off their games for the weekend, with all the games in the Football League off, after the EFL followed suit.

And the National League also went the same way, cancelling all non league games, including FA Trophy games and grassroots football for the weekend.

The Women's Super League was also due to kick off this weekend but that will now not happen with all games also postponed.

That could be an issue for the Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United game which was due to be at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but could now struggle to find time to be played at the men's team home ground in future.

Tottenham Women were due to play at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend. Image: Alamy
Tottenham Women were due to play at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend. Image: Alamy

Other sports are free to make their own decisions, with the Betfred Super League deciding that Friday's play-off game between Catalan Dragons and Leeds Rhinos going ahead.

The most recent update said that Saturday's game between Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils would also be going ahead.

Premiership Rugby are yet to confirm whether the rugby union season will still kick off this weekend, with Sale Sharks due to take on Northampton Town on Friday night.

On Thursday night, the England Cricket Board confirmed that play in the third, and deciding, Test against South Africa would not take play on Friday.

The game had been due to start on Thursday but the first day had been completely rained off at the Oval in South London, but the second day play will be rescheduled at a later date.

The latest round of County Championship had been completed on Thursday, meaning no change in the schedule, however play in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy was cancelled.

Cricket wasn't the only sport that was affected, with horse racing meetings at Southwell and Chelmsford cancelled on Thursday night.

Meetings on Friday, including the third day of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster, were also cancelled, and Saturday racing was later cancelled as well.

However, the BHA did confirm that the sport would resume on Sunday, something the Premier League have decided against.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Premier League

Ryan Sidle
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