The Premier League has suspended this weekend’s fixtures as a further mark of respect the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96.
The decision to postpone all matches on Saturday and Monday was taken after a meeting of Premier League shareholders on Friday, which followed an earlier meeting with the UK government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport and representatives from various sports.
The English Football League (EFL) and Women’s Premier League (WSL) have also decided to postpone their round of fixtures this weekend.
Tributes from across the sporting world have been paid in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died on Thursday after 70 years on the throne.
Britain has entered a period of national mourning, expected to last at least 10 days. Further information on the remaining fixtures held during this period will be confirmed in due course.
Government advice says no major events should take place on the day of the Queen’s funeral – the date of which has not yet been confirmed – but there are most likely will happen either Sunday, September 18th or Monday, September 19th.
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 honor her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s major league round of games will be postponed, including Monday night’s game.”
The Premier League did not hold a vote on a postponement, instead the governing body made the decision and the clubs agreed.
The government said that it is the decision of individual organizations to make regarding the holding of events during the mourning period of the nation.
“There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting events, or to close entertainment venues during the national mourning period. This is at the discretion of individual organizations,” it said in. official guidance document for the public and businesses.
“As a mark of respect, organizations may 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 organisations.”
The English Football Association (FA) has announced that all football fixtures from 9 to 11 September will be postponed across the WSL, Women’s Championship, Women’s FA Cup and FA Trophy, along with all stages of the non- league National League System, women’s soccer pyramid. and baseball.
It said all flags at Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park, the base for all England teams, would continue to fly at half-mast over the weekend.
“Her Majesty the Queen has been a long-standing Patron of the Football Association and has left a lasting and indelible legacy on our national game,” the FA said in a statement.
“As a mark of respect, following the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, English football has come together to postpone all football events between 9-11 September.”