The Premier League is expected to make a statement about this weekend’s match.
The Premier League (EPL) will convene later this morning to decide whether or not this weekend’s games will take place.
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, the United Kingdom has entered a time of mourning.
Her Majesty’s death has placed doubt on this weekend’s fixture calendar, with Newcastle United set to meet West Ham United at the London Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
When will the Premier League announce its decision?
Officials from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport are expected to issue Government instructions on an all-sports call at 9:30 a.m. today, according to reports.
The Premier League will then meet at 11 a.m., with a public announcement about fixtures to follow shortly after.
The EPL’s chief executive, Richard Masters, has advised clubs that government guidelines is unlikely to be ‘definitive,’ implying that the league will make its own judgment.
Eddie Howe’s pre-match West Ham press conference has been moved from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and will only take place if the game is on.
What is the government’s position?
“During the National Mourning period, there is no duty to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or to close entertainment places.” Individual organizations may choose to do so.
“Organizations may decide to consider canceling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral as a token of respect.”
“They are under no obligation to do so, and it is totally up to individual organizations.”
“If sporting contests or activities are scheduled for the day of the State Funeral, organizations may want to change the event timings so that they do not conflict with the funeral service and attendant processions.”
“Organizers may decide to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the commencement of events or sporting games as a gesture of respect, and participants may wish to wear black armbands.”
Have any matches in the United Kingdom been canceled?
Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Irish FA has canceled all football activities this weekend.
“This weekend’s fixtures across all affiliated football in Northern Ireland, as well as any other organized football activities, at all levels, have been postponed as a gesture of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” a statement said.
It follows the EFL’s news on Thursday night that all Friday meetings between Burnley and Norwich City, as well as Tranmere Rovers and Stockport County, had been canceled.
What have the Premier League and the English Football League said?
The Premier League has made no announcements on fixtures but has paid tribute to The Queen shortly after her death was revealed at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The Premier League issued a statement saying, “The Premier League is profoundly saddened to learn of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II’s demise; our thoughts and condolences are with The Royal Family and everyone across the world mourning Her Majesty’s loss.”
Meanwhile, EFL chairman Rick Parry stated, “Today, the EFL was extremely sorry to learn of Her Majesty, The Queen Elizabeth II’s, demise.”
“Her Majesty served the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth with distinction over a 70-year reign.”
“The Queen took a deep interest in sports, particularly football.” Throughout her reign, Her Majesty attended multiple FA Cup Finals and was an advocate for our national sport through her many years of service.
“The Monarch was at Wembley Stadium in 1966 for possibly our national game’s most iconic moment, when he presented captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet Trophy following England’s World Cup victory over West Germany.”
“On behalf of the League and its Clubs, we grieve the passing of our Queen, Elizabeth II, with the rest of the nation and people around the world.”
“Everyone at the EFL and our Clubs is thinking of the Royal Family at this difficult moment for our country.”
“Consideration in respect of EFL fixtures will be considered with the Government and the wider sports industry during the period ahead, and an appropriate announcement will be made at the earliest opportunity,” the statement continued.