The Premier League has suspended this weekend’s fixtures as a mark of respect after the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96.
The resolution to postpone all matches from Saturday and Monday was taken after a Premier League shareholders assembly on Friday, which was held after an earlier assembly involving the British authorities’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport and representatives from a range of sports.
The English Football League (EFL) and Women’s Super League (WSL) have additionally determined to postpone their spherical of fixtures this weekend. The same resolution was taken to halt all matches in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Tributes from across the sports world have been made in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died on Thursday after 70 years on the throne.
The U.Okay. has entered a interval of nationwide mourning, anticipated to final a minimum of 10 days. Further data on the remaining fixtures set to happen throughout this era will likely be confirmed in the end.
Government recommendation means that no main occasions must be held on the day of the Queen’s funeral — the date of which has not but been confirmed, however it’s most likely to take place on Sept. 18 or 19.
The Premier League said in a statement on Friday: “At a gathering this morning, Premier League golf equipment paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“To honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match spherical will likely be postponed, together with Monday night’s sport.”
The Premier League didn’t maintain a vote on postponement; as an alternative, the board made the choice and the golf equipment agreed.
The authorities mentioned it was the choice of particular person organisations to make relating to the holding of occasions through the nation’s mourning interval.
“There is not any obligation to cancel or postpone occasions and sporting fixtures, or shut leisure venues through the nationwide mourning interval. This is on the discretion of particular person organisations,” it mentioned in a document of official guidance for the general public and companies.
“As a mark of respect, organisations would possibly want to take into account cancelling or suspending occasions or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral. They are underneath no obligation to take action and that is completely on the discretion of particular person organisations.”
The English Football Association introduced that every one soccer fixtures Sept. September 11 can be postponed throughout the WSL, Women’s Championship, Women’s FA Cup and FA Trophy, together with all steps of the nonleague National League System, girls’s soccer pyramid and grassroots soccer.
It mentioned all flags at Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park, the bottom for all England groups, would proceed to fly at half-staff over the weekend.
“Her Majesty the Queen was a long-standing Patron of The Football Association and has left an enduring and indelible legacy on our nationwide sport,” the FA mentioned in an announcement.
“As a mark of respect, following the passing of Her Majesty the Queen, English soccer has united to postpone all soccer fixtures between September 11 September.”
In an announcement, the Football Supporters’ Association expressed their opposition to the transfer and mentioned it was “a chance missed for soccer to pay its personal particular tributes.”
“We consider soccer is at its most interesting when bringing individuals collectively at occasions of giant nationwide significance — be these moments of pleasure or moments of mourning,” the statement learn.
“Our view, which we shared with the soccer authorities, is that almost all supporters would have preferred to go to video games this weekend and pay their respect to the queen alongside their fellow followers.
“Not everybody will agree, so there was no excellent resolution for the soccer authorities, however many supporters will really feel this was a chance missed for soccer to pay its personal particular tributes.”