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Premier League and other UK sports organisations set to postpone games following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Decisions will be taken after a meeting with representatives from sports governing groups and the British government.

 

The Premier League and Football League have yet to confirm if the weekend’s action will be moved. Stock photo

In the aftermath of Queen Elizabeth II’s death, organizers of sporting events in the United Kingdom will be left to decide whether to postpone their schedules.

Decisions on whether or not to proceed will be made after the Cabinet Office issues official mourning guidelines.

However, it is anticipated that individual organizations will be free to determine how to continue, and postponements will not be required.

On Friday morning, representatives from sports regulating groups and the government will gather.

However, a number of sporting events scheduled for Friday have already been canceled in the aftermath of the death of Elizabeth II, 96, the country’s longest-reigning queen after serving as head of state for more than 70 years.

The Northern Irish FA stated this morning that no football will be played in Northern Ireland this weekend.

“As a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this weekend’s fixtures across all affiliated football in Northern Ireland, and all other organized football activities, at all levels, have been postponed,” the governing body said in a statement.

The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that the men’s third Test between England and South Africa at The Oval would be postponed, while the English Football League rescheduled two games: Burnley v Norwich in the Championship and Tranmere v Stockport in League Two.

The Tour of Britain’s sixth stage was initially canceled, but organizers later decided to postpone the remaining two stages and use Thursday’s standings as the final classification.

The Great North 5K on Friday will not take place, while the Scottish Rugby Union has declared that all competitive domestic matches under its authority will be suspended this weekend.

The Betfred Championship match between Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury Rams on Friday has been postponed, but the Super League Elimination Play-Off between Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos will go on as planned, with players from Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos wearing black armbands.

The SPFL’s clinching Championship match between Dundee and Cove Rangers on Friday has been rescheduled for later in the day, with an update on Saturday’s matches to follow.

When news of The Queen’s death was reported on the first day of the PGA Championship golf at Wentworth, play was suspended, and the DP World Tour confirmed there would be no play on Friday.

“We remain hopeful of restarting the BMW PGA Championship at some point over the weekend,” the Tour said on Friday, “but will make that decision once we have had the opportunity to review protocol guidance from Buckingham Palace in addition to aligning with what other major sporting events in the UK are doing.”

Manchester United’s home Europa League encounter with Real Sociedad went on on Thursday – as did Arsenal’s in Zurich – with a minute’s silence held before kick-off, teams wearing black armbands and flags flying at half-mast.

West Ham and Hearts, both at home, treated their Europa Conference League meetings with the same deference.

However, none of the English teams conducted news conferences following their games.

The women’s world title battle between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields will be weighed in behind closed doors on Friday.

Boxxer is anticipated to publish a statement on the status of the fight, which is due to take place on Saturday at the O2 in London, later on, Friday.

“An announcement regarding the status of Saturday’s event… will be made following consultation with relevant government and sports sector bodies and will be issued at the earliest feasible moment,” according to their statement.

“My sympathies to the people of the UK. Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth,” said Shields, a two-time Olympic champion from the United States.

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