UK sporting fixtures canceled on Queen Elizabeth’s day of mourning | Entertainment
A number of sporting fixtures in the UK are being canceled as a sign of respect for Queen Elizabeth.
The UK’s longest reigning monarch died on Thursday (08.09.22) aged 96, sending the country into mourning and a number of sporting events including football matches being halted from Friday (09.09.22) to Monday (12.09.22), which are postponed to a later date.
The decision was taken following a meeting on Friday morning (09.09.22) and the Premier League said in a statement: “At a meeting this morning Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.
“To honor his extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a sign of respect, this weekend’s Premier League round of play will be postponed, including Monday night’s game.”
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters added: “We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.
“As our longest serving monarch, she was an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy after a lifetime of dedication.
“This is an extremely sad time not only for the nation, but also for the millions of people around the world who looked up to him, and we join everyone in mourning his passing.”
Several top clubs including Arsenal and Manchester United were in action for Europa League fixtures on Thursday night (08.09.22) and those matches went ahead despite the sad news.
The EFL has also confirmed that this weekend’s matches have been cancelled.
A statement from the English Football League said: “Following discussions on Friday morning, it has been determined that all EFL matches from September 9-10 will be postponed as a mark of respect by the national sport for the death of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
“It matches the approach the Premier League and the FA will take with their competitions this weekend.
“Further details of how football, clubs and their supporters will commemorate Her Majesty’s reign will be confirmed in due course.
“Details regarding the rearranged games will be announced in due course.”
In the Scottish Professional Football League, the scheduled clash between Cove Rangers and Dundee has been postponed with an announcement due later on Friday regarding the league’s weekend fixtures.
On Friday (09.09.22), the England cricket team’s test match against South Africa at the London Oval was canceled along with the PGA Championship golf tournament at Wentworth in Surrey.
It is not yet known whether the two events will continue at some point over the weekend.
The cycling event the Tour of Britain was due to end on the Isle of Wight on Sunday (11.09.22) but has now been cancelled, while the third day of horse racing at the St Leger festival in Doncaster has also been suspended and all matches have been postponed until Sunday.
The British Horseracing Authority said: “As a mark of continued respect, it has been determined that alongside the cancellation of the 8th and 9th September meets, all races will also be canceled tomorrow, Saturday 10th September.
“Scheduled meets and racing events will return on Sunday, September 11.
“An additional day of racing in Doncaster will also be scheduled for Sunday September 11, to ensure the Cazoo St Leger and other important races lost to the cancellations can take place.
“However, the match scheduled for Musselburgh Racecourse on Sunday will be canceled as a mark of respect that the Queen’s body will be laid to rest in Edinburgh.
“The cancellation of the races on Saturday will also allow the sport, and in particular those involved who had a close relationship with the royal family, to attend the official proclamation of the reign of King Charles III on Saturday afternoon.”
In rugby, the Premiership Rugby Cup match between Northampton and Saracens was postponed to Thursday evening, but an announcement on the next Premiership matches is due on Friday (09.08.22).
The Super League play-off between Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos is set to go ahead as planned on Friday night as it is played in Perpignan, France.
The British government issued a statement explaining that organizers are not obliged to cancel matches during the 17-day period of national mourning which was announced by King Charles on Friday, but suggested they show respect by playing the British national anthem, holding a moment of silence or allowing players to wear black armbands.
It has also been suggested that sporting fixtures should not take place at the same time as the Queen’s funeral, which is scheduled 10 days after her death.
The statement read: “There is no obligation to cancel or postpone sporting events and fixtures, or to close entertainment venues during the period of national mourning. This is at the discretion of individual organisations. .
“As a sign of respect, organizations may consider canceling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the state funeral. They are under no obligation to do so and it is entirely at the discretion of each organization. .
“If meetings or sporting events are scheduled on the day of the state funeral, organizations may want to adjust the timings of the events so that they do not conflict with the timings of the funeral and associated processions.
“As a mark of respect and in keeping with the tone of national mourning, organizers may wish to observe 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. “