English, Northern Irish and Scottish football suspended after the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died at Balmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.

all english and Northern Ireland football and all professional scottish football has been postponed this weekend as a show of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Ten Premier League games and six Scottish Premiership games were scheduled.

EFL games were due to take place on Friday and Saturday, with six Women’s Super League games, the first of the season, on Saturday and Sunday.

The English National League, the FA Trophy and grassroots football are also cancelled.

Friday’s game at the PGA Golf Championship was cancelled, along with all British horse racing and Test cricket between England and South Africa.

British horse racing will remain free on Saturday and will return on Sunday.

The British Boxing Board of Control tournaments were postponed on Friday, and a decision has yet to be made on the boxing world title fight between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields.

Sunday’s Great North Run will go ahead as planned, with organizers saying it is “an opportunity to come together and express our condolences as we celebrate the life of our extraordinary Queen” and that the event would be “more toned down out of respect”.

Queen Elizabeth II, the UK’s longest-serving monarch, died on Thursday aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.

The government’s national mourning guide advised that canceling matches was not compulsory, leaving the decision to individual sports.

Government guidance for the day of the funeral also said cancellation was not mandatory, but suggested events could be rescheduled so they do not coincide with service times.

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Cricket and rugby union yet to be decided

It is unclear if England’s test cricket against South Africa will resume and Saturday’s game at the PGA Golf Championship will go ahead.

The rugby union Premiership season is about to start, with matches scheduled for Friday at 19:45 BST.

Formula 1 will hold a minute’s silence with all teams ahead of Friday practice for the Italian Grand Prix, with the race weekend going ahead as planned.

At the US Open tennis in New York, there was a moment of silence before the first women’s semifinal match on Thursday with the first men’s semifinal on Friday.

The elite British Ice Hockey League said the weekend’s season-opening games would go ahead as planned.

Football pays tribute to Queen’s ‘indelible legacy’

The Football Association said matches between 9-11 September have been postponed, adding that as the FA’s “long-standing patron” the Queen “has left a lasting and indelible legacy on our national game”.

The Premier League and EFL have confirmed that all matches will be rescheduled.

The Premier League made the decision to honor the Queen’s “extraordinary life and contribution to the nation” and said updates on future matches during the period of mourning “will be provided in due course”.

League chief executive Richard Masters said: “We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.

“This is a tremendously sad moment not only for the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join all those who mourn her passing.”

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In Scotland, the postponements include the Scottish Professional Football League, the Scottish Women’s Premier League and the Scottish Highland and Lowland Football Leagues, as well as Scottish Women’s Cup matches.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said it was appropriate to “mark the event with as much solemnity as possible” adding that there would be a further update “when we are clear on the official arrangements for Her Majesty’s funeral”.

Queen’s ‘longstanding and unique’ relationship with racing is honored

British racing was canceled on Saturday but will resume on Sunday, with the exception of Musselburgh in Scotland.

The world’s oldest classic race, St Leger, has been delayed by 24 hours and will feature in an extended nine-race card at Doncaster.

While Chepstow is also scheduled to continue on Sunday, the Musselburgh meeting was canceled due to the Queen lying in Edinburgh.

The chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, BHA chief executive Julie Harrington said the Queen had an “enduring and unique” relationship with the sport.

“The return of racing on Sunday will see the St Leger race, one of Britain’s five classic races and a race which the Queen won with her Dunfermline filly in 1977,” he said.

“This will also provide an opportunity for the sport and its supporters to pay their respects to Her Majesty, to mark the contribution she has made to the sport.”

More to follow.

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