Government makes decision on Premier League and EFL weekend fixtures following the death of Queen Elizabeth
The UK Government has left the Premier League and EFL to make a final decision over the postponement of this weekend’s fixtures following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport held a call with all major sports governing bodies at 9.30am on Friday morning to outline its stance. The Government has said that there is ‘no obligation’ to postpone matches this weekend and that the decision to cancel is ‘at the discretion of individual organisations’.
It is now on the Premier League, English Football League and Football Association to decide how to proceed. The Premier League will be holding a meeting at 11am on Friday to determine its plan for the weekend’s games. The Irish Football Association has already announced that games in Northern Ireland will be postponed this weekend. A statement – which is titled ‘Guidance for the Period of National Mourning’ – said:
‘There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the National Mourning period. This is at the discretion of individual organisations.
‘As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral. They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of individual organisations.
‘If sporting fixtures or events are planned for the day of the State Funeral, organisations may want to adjust the event timings so they do not clash with the timings of the funeral service and associated processions.
‘As a mark of respect, and in keeping with the tone of National Mourning, organisers may wish 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.’
On Thursday, the EFL announced that fixtures that were scheduled to be played Friday had been postponed. Burnley and Norwich City were due to play in the Championship, while Tranmere Rovers and Stockport County were due to meet in League Two.