Premier League premier Leagupremier-leagueThis weekend’s Premier League and English Football League fixtures have been postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Ten top-flight matches were scheduled across Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. In the EFL, games were due to take place on Friday and Saturday.
Also on Friday, play at golf’s PGA Championship was called off, along with all British horse racing and cricket Test between England and South Africa. Queen Elizabeth I, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died on Thursday aged 96, after reigning for 70 years..
The Premier League took the decision to honor the Queen’s “extraordinary life and contribution to the nation” and said updates on future fixtures during the period of mourning “will be provided in due course”.
The league’s chief executive Richard Masters said: “We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.
“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:”
The government’s national mourning guidance advised that canceling fixtures was not obligatory, leaving the decision up to individual sports.
In a statement, the Premier League said: “At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs 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 round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s game.”
Richard Masters, Premier Leagu Chief Executive, 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.”