Premier League fixtures scheduled this weekend have been postponed after the monarch of Great Britain Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday, the league confirmed.
The league’s officials held a meeting today to announce the decision. “To honour her extraordinary life and contributions to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s match,” the league said in a statement.
Earlier, the English Football League had postponed the Friday’s fixtures in the second division.
The FA also confirmed that all football fixtures across the Barclays Women’s Super League, Barclays Women’s Championship, the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, and the Isuzu FA Trophy, will be postponed this weekend.
Among other countries, the Irish Football Association (FA) has cancelled all fixtures scheduled for this weekend in Northern Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom.
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has issued a statement saying that sporting leagues are under no obligation to postpone fixtures after the death of Her Majesty.
“The decision as to whether sporting fixtures continue to go ahead is at the discretion of organisers. Organisers may wish to consider using black armbands and observing a silence before matches are played.”
“As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral,” the official mourning guidance added.
The nation goes into a 12-day mourning period after the passing away of the Queen, according to the ‘Operaton London Bridge’.
Some of the events that have been cancelled so far are BMW PGA Championship, the Premiership Rugby Cup and the 2nd day of the England vs South Africa test match.
However, on Thursday, Manchester United and Arsenal decided to go ahead with their Europa League fixtures. The teams wore black armbands and observed a minute’s silence.