The governing bodies have announced that all football matches in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be postponed this weekend following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Premier League and the English Football League have confirmed that they have been postponing matches scheduled for this weekend.
The Premier League said in a statement: “At this morning’s meeting, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In honor of her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a token of respect, the Premier League’s weekend match will be postponed including Monday night’s match. “.
Richard Masters, Chief Executive Officer of the League, said: “We would like and would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and steadfast service to our country. As our longest-serving Kings, she has been an inspiration and left behind a remarkable legacy after a lifetime of dedication.”
“This is a very sad time not only for the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we unite with all those in mourning her passing.”
The League said further updates regarding Premier League matches during the mourning period will be provided in due course.
The Scottish Football Association also announced the postponement of all professional matches over the weekend.
In horse racing, the last day of the Cazoo St Leger Festival in Doncaster was moved to a Sunday after Britain’s horse racing authority announced Saturday’s matches had been canceled as an “ongoing sign of respect” following the Queen’s death.
Racing in Southwell and Chelmsford was cut short on Thursday night, while Friday’s meetings in Britain were cancelled.
The BAA said meetings scheduled for Saturday in Doncaster, Foss-Lace, Lingfield, Chelmsford, Chester and Mosselburg would not continue, but the race would take place in Doncaster and Chepstow on Sunday.
In addition to the St Leger, the Champagne Stakes, Park Stakes, Doncaster Cup and Flying Childers Stakes were saved from Friday’s canceled game to make up the nine-race Doncaster card.
But while Chepstow is set to move forward, Sunday’s Moselberg meeting was canceled due to the Queen’s laying down in Edinburgh.
Meanwhile, a Premier League statement read: “Following discussions that took place on Friday morning, it has been decided to postpone all English Premier League matches from 9-10 September as a sign of respect for the national sport for the death of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.
“This is in line with the approach that the Premier League and the Football Association will take in their competitions this weekend.”
A number of sporting events listed on Friday have already been postponed.
The Irish Football Association issued a statement at 9.23am on Friday that said: “As a sign of respect following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this weekend’s matches in all Northern Ireland affiliate football, and all other organized football activities, in every levels have been postponed.
Matches in the English Premier League have also been postponed, as have all matches in the Women’s Premier League, Women’s Championship and FA Women’s Cup.
A number of sporting events listed on Friday have already been postponed.
England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that play in the men’s third Test between England and South Africa at The Oval will not take place, while the English Football League has postponed two matches: Burnley vs Norwich in the tournament and Tranmere against Stockport in the second league.
However, cricket will resume on Saturday, including the men’s Test between England and South Africa and the women’s T20 race between England and India, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced.
Stage six of the British Tour was initially called off before organizers later made the decision to scrap the last two remaining stages and use Thursday’s standings as the final classification.
The Great North 5K will not be held on Friday, while Scottish Rugby Union has announced that all competitive domestic matches under its jurisdiction will be suspended this weekend.
The English Rugby League has postponed two matches on Friday evening, but matches scheduled for Saturday and Sunday will continue.
At the start of the 2022-23 season, there were two matches scheduled for Friday night (Bristol v Bath and Sale v Northampton), which were rescheduled.
Bristol vs Bath, at Ashton Gate, will now take place at 5.30pm on Saturday. This decision was made possible by the cancellation of all football matches, which meant that Bristol City’s home match against Preston North End was halted.
Work is still in progress to determine when the sale will be off Northampton. The addition of Bristol against Bath means there are now four matches on Saturday and one on Sunday going forward.
A statement read: “Premiership Rugby is united in paying tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her inspiring life of service and unparalleled contribution to the United Kingdom.
“After consulting with RFU, DCMS and the PRL Board, Premiership Rugby can confirm that as a sign of respect, the two Gallagher Premier League matches scheduled for today will be postponed. The Bristol Bears vs Bath Rugby match will take place at 5.30pm on Saturday and an update on the Sale will be provided. Sharks v Northampton Saints as soon as possible.
“Other matches scheduled on Saturday and Sunday will go ahead as scheduled, with Premier League clubs joining with fans in acknowledgment of Queen Elizabeth’s life and service. Before each match begins, one minute of silence will be honored. All players and coaches will be invited to wear black armbands.”
The Betfred Championship rugby league match between the Sheffield Eagles and the Dewsbury Rams has been postponed on Friday but the Premier League playoff match to be played in Perpignan will go ahead with the Catalan Dragons and Leeds Rhinos wearing black armbands.
The Women’s Football League Championship competition between Dundee and Cove Rangers on Friday was postponed with updated Saturday fixtures scheduled for later in the day.
Play was suspended on the first day of the PGA Championship golf tournament in Wentworth when the news of the Queen’s death was announced, and the DP World Tour confirmed there would be no play on Friday.
Friday’s tour statement said: “We still hope to resume the BMW PGA Championship at some point over the weekend, but will make that decision as soon as we have the opportunity to review protocol guidelines from Buckingham Palace as well as align with other major sporting events at The UK does.”
However, play in the BMW PGA Championship will resume on Saturday morning, the DP World Tour announced on Friday afternoon.
Manchester United’s Europa League match with Real Sociedad on Thursday – as did Arsenal in Zurich – began a minute’s silence before kick-off, with teams wearing black armbands and flags flying.
West Ham and Hearts, both at home, also played Europa League matches with the same respect.
However, none of the English teams held press conferences after their matches.
Friday’s match for the Women’s World Championship between Savannah Marshall and Clarissa Shields will take place behind closed doors.
Boxxer promoters are expected to release a statement on the status of the match, which is scheduled to take place at O2 in London on Saturday, later on Friday.
“An announcement regarding the status of Saturday’s event… will be made after consultation with relevant government bodies and the sports sector and will be issued as soon as possible,” their statement read.
Shields, the US double Olympic champion, tweeted: “My condolences to the people of the United Kingdom. Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth.”