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The Premier League are set to announce plans for this weekend’s fixtures on whether they will be postponed or not on Friday morning following Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday. Sporting events and matches have already been cancelled or suspended in golf, rugby and cricket among others.
The EFL also postponed matches at Norwich and Tranmere on Friday evneing following Her Majesty’s death.
Leaders from across the EFL and Premier League will speak with representatives from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport [DCMS] on Friday to discuss plans moving forward.
With the country now in a national period of mourning, it’s expected that football games will be put on hold.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters has also reportedly told all 20 top-flight clubs that government guidance may not be ‘decisive’.
Express Sport will provide updates on any fixture postponements throughout the day right here.
Football fans who have already booked train tickets can claim a fee-free e-voucher for the cost of their travel through the National Rail website.
Fans came claim the e-voucher through the ‘Travel with Confidence’ scheme – but have until 6pm the day before travel to do so.
It’s official now that there will be zero competitive football played this weekend, all the way down to grassroots competition.
No Women’s Super League, Barclays Women’s Championship, Women’s FA Cup or Isuzu FA Trophy matches will take place.
As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, English football has united to postpone all football fixtures this weekend. pic.twitter.com/k6bqNu6arf
Looks like fans will have to wait for a decision on next weekend’s football fixtures up and down the country.
It’s been suggested that games may also be postponed with the State Funeral set to take place at the end of the national period of mourning on Monday 19th September.
No Premier League games are scheduled for that date and are under no obligation to postpone matches next weekend.
It’s official now. Premier League games will not be played this weekend!
As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this weekendu2019s Premier League match round will be postponed.
It’s now being reported by The Times that Premier League matches this weekend are to be ‘called off’.
Still no official announcement from the Premier League or clubs, but looks as though a final decision is imminent.
It’s not many times you see Gary Neville and Piers Morgan agree on social media but both want to see sport go ahead this weekend.
Morgan tweeted: “Sporting events should go ahead. a) The Queen loved spot and b) It would be great to see/ hear huge crowds singing the National Anthem in tribute to Her Majesty, as West Ham fans did so magnificently last night.”
And Neville replied: “I agree Piers. Sport can demonstrate better than most the respect the Queen deserves.”
I agree Piers. Sport can demonstrate better than most the respect the Queen deserves . https://t.co/oYKTkEaUP0
It may well be a sign of things to come in England but the Irish FA have confirmed that “all affiliated football in Northern Ireland” this weekend has been postponed.
Their statement read: “As a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this weekend‘s fixtures across all affiliated football in Northern Ireland, and all other organised football activity, at all levels, have been postponed.”
With final decisions still to be made on what sporting matches and events will be postponed and for how long, sport stars are currently in limbo on what their immediate future schedule looks like.
England had their Third Test against South Africa suspended following Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
But Ben Stokes has taken to Twitter to state that he wants to play and honour The Queen’s memory on the field.
He wrote: “She loved sport, be honoured to play in her memory.”
Official guidance has now recommended sporting bodies to only postpone on the day of the State Funeral.
The statement reads: “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.”
The UK government have informed football’s governing bodies that the final decision on postponing games or not this weekend rests with them.
A statement read: “The decision as to whether sporting fixtures continue to go ahead is at the discretion of organisers.
“Organisers may wish to consider using black armbands and observing a silence before matches are played.”
As things stand, all Premier League games are still going ahead but no final decision has been made.
Fulham vs Chelsea
Bournemouth vs Brighton
Southampton vs Brentford
Liverpool vs Wolves
Leicester vs Aston Villa
Manchester City vs Tottenham
Arsenal vs Everton
West Ham vs Newcastle
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United
Leeds vs Nottingham ForestA call between Premier League officials and the DCMS has already started (9.30am) with another meeting set for 11am between the top-flight clubs.
According to the Independent, it’s not ‘automatic’ that all matches will be cancelled.
But there are said to be ‘concerns’ about the availability of police and security.
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