The Premier League have postponed this weekend and Monday’s matches as a mark of respect for the passing of Queen Elizabeth.
Official guidance in Britain does not require an end to sporting fixtures but organisers were keen to display sensitivity at a moment of national sorrow.
“We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country," chief executive Richard Masters said in a statement.
“As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication.
“This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing.”
As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed.
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 9, 2022
The Premier League has said that updates about other fixtures during Britain’s official period of mourning “will be provided at a later date”.
Last night’s games went ahead as planned but a moment of silence was held and teams wore black armbands.
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