Queen’s death: Premier League matches ‘almost certain’ to be postponed | Football

The weekend's Premier League games will 'almost certainly' be postponed after the Queen's death

A period of mourning will see sporting events halted (Image: PA)

This weekend’s Premier League games will ‘almost certainly’ be postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II as the UK enters a period of mourning.

The nation will come to a standstill to commemorate and pay tribute to Her Majesty’s 70-year reign with 10 days of official mourning, meaning the sporting schedule is on hold as a result.

An official announcement is not expected until Friday morning, with sports federations waiting to be led by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

However, the Daily Mail reports that Premier League clubs believe it is virtually certain this weekend’s games will be postponed.

Manchester United and West Ham both played home games in the Europa League and Europa Conference League respectively on Thursday night, but that decision was largely made by UEFA and heavily influenced by away fans who had already traveled to Britain.

A full round of Premier League games is scheduled for this weekend, starting with a lunchtime kick-off between Fulham and Chelsea, but games would need to be repeated at a later date – likely in 2023 due to build-up play caused by the World Cup later that Year.

The EFL have already confirmed their Friday night games – Burnley against Norwich in the Championship and Tranmere Rovers against Stockport County in the second division – have been postponed.

Queen Elizabeth II dead: key details

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, her death was announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.

She died aged 96 at her home in Balmoral surrounded by her family, including her son and heir apparent Charles, the Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke of Cambridge Prince William and the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry .

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Football League games are also expected to be postponed for this weekend, although an official statement will not be made until Friday morning as leagues and clubs are wary of making logistical announcements so soon after the Queen’s death.

The weekend's Premier League games will 'almost certainly' be postponed after the Queen's death

Manchester United observed a minute’s silence for the Queen (Image: Getty)

The EFL statement read: “A decision on the remainder of this weekend’s scheduled matches will be taken following a review of official mourning guidance, in addition to further consultations with DCMS and other sports on Friday morning.”

Other sporting events have already been postponed, with golf action at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth immediately suspended when news of the Queen’s death broke at around 6.30pm.

Friday’s game of the third Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval has also been cancelled, with the risk that the series’ decider will now not be played at all.

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