Premier League, EFL announce this weekend’s fixtures will be postponed

The Premier League have officially announced that this weekend’s fixtures will be postponed after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

The Queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch of over 70 years, passed away at the age of 96 at Balmoral. News of her passing was announced by The Royal Family at 6:30pm BST.

The Premier League held a meeting at 11am to decide on whether or not the upcoming fixtures should be played. They received guidance from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) over the decision. However, the final call rested with the Premier League. There was no mandatory requirement to postpone games.

As a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II, the Premier League has decided to postpone fixtures for this weekend. That means all 10 scheduled games will not take place.

What have the Premier League said?

In a statement, the Premier League wrote: “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.”

In addition, the league will announce further updates on fixtures during the period of mourning. King Charles III has announced a royal mourning period of seven days.

Furthemore, the EFL have also announced that their fixtures will be postponed. Their statement read: “Further to discussions on Friday morning it has been determined that all EFL fixtures from 9-10 September will be postponed as a mark of respect by the National Sport to the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

“This is aligned with the approach that the Premier League and the FA will take with their competitions this weekend.”

The Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship matches scheduled for this weekend are also postponed.

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