LIVE updates as Premier League cancels weekend’s fixtures
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died yesterday, making it one of the most solemn days in British history.
Her 70-year rule will be remembered in the sporting world in the coming days, with Manchester United players conducting a minute’s silence in her honor before Thursday’s Europa League match against Real Sociedad.
In light of the news, Friday’s domestic sporting games have been cancelled or postponed, and more may be cancelled during the weekend. The Premier League games on Saturday and Sunday may be postponed during the period of mourning.
A decision is anticipated to be announced today, with the EFL also in negotiations.
United will play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park at 4.30pm on Sunday in an effort to extend their winning streak to five games, while City will play Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium at 5.30pm on Saturday.
WSL matches called off
The opening weekend of WSL matches have also been postponed in light of The Queen’s passing.
Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, the Premier League has announced that all matches planned for this weekend have been postponed.
On Thursday (September 8), Buckingham Palace issued a statement confirming the Queen’s death at the age of 96.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon; the King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and travel to London tomorrow,” it said.
Following her death, the Premier League issued the following statement: “At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
“To honor her amazing life and commitment to the nation, and as a gesture of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round, including Monday evening’s game, will be postponed; further updates on Premier League matches during the period of mourning will be issued in due course.”
Manchester United were due to travel to Tottenham while Manchester City were set to host Arsenal.
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Cristiano Ronaldo honors the ‘irreplaceable’ king
Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has described Her Majesty as “essential,” adding that he, too, mourns with The Royal Family.
The Queen “leaves an incredible legacy.”
In a touching homage, Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters called The Queen “an inspiration.”
“We and our clubs would want to thank Her Majesty for her long and steadfast devotion to our country.”
As our longest-serving queen, she is an inspiration and leaves an outstanding legacy after a life of service.
“This is a profoundly sad time not just for the country, but also for the millions of people throughout the world who respected her, and we unite in grieving her loss.”
The Premier League has decided to postpone this weekend’s games.
The Premier League has confirmed that the games scheduled for this weekend have been rescheduled.
According to a statement:
“Premier League teams paid respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a meeting this morning.
To honor her amazing life and commitment to the nation, and as a gesture of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round, including Monday evening’s game, will be postponed.”
Manchester City pay their respects
The Premier League champions also shared their “sincere condolences” upon the announcement of Her Majesty’s death last night.
Manchester City wishes to express its sincere condolences to The Royal Family following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty’s dedication and service has been exemplary and we join our country and the Commonwealth in mourning her loss. pic.twitter.com/mDTn2Nj1UB
— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 8, 2022
Cabinet Office: There is no requirement to postpone fixtures.
Following The Queen’s death, the Cabinet Office has released national mourning directives, which includes instructions for sporting events.
“Individual organizations are under no duty to cancel or postpone activities and athletic contests, or to close entertainment venues, during the National Mourning period.
“Organizations may decide to consider canceling or postponing activities or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral as a token of respect. They are under no duty to do so, and it is completely up to individual organizations.
“As a mark of respect and in keeping with the tone of National Mourning, organisers may like to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the start of events or sporting fixtures, and players may wish to wear black armbands.”
The Premier League responds to Her Majesty’s passing.
The Premier League was likewise eager to honor the king.
It stated in a statement:
“The Premier League is very sorry to learn of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II’s, death.”
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with The Royal Family and everyone across the globe who is grieving Her Majesty’s death.” ”
There has been no statement on the weekend’s fixtures, but an announcement is due today.
Manchester United shares The Queen’s’sorrow’ at her death.
Shortly after her death was confirmed yesterday, Manchester United issued a statement in which they’shared their sadness’ with the rest of the country.
Manchester United shares the sorrow of the entire nation following the announcement from Buckingham Palace on the passing of Her Royal Highness The Queen Elizabeth II. pic.twitter.com/QwLRZ9z4yf
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 8, 2022
The domestic sporting world is paying its respects and considering potential match postponements this weekend as the country mourns the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Friday’s EFL fixtures have been canceled, while the Premier League is yet to make a decision on games planned for Saturday and Sunday.
Stay with us as the situation develops.