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The Government of England told the football leagues that the matches for the weekend can go ahead but had left the decision up to the football governing bodies. Although the Premier League and English Football League have cancelled this weekend’s fixtures despite the UK government stating they were under no obligation to do so following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Tributes poured in from everywhere:
‘At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
‘To honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s game.’
Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, 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 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.’
The Premier League have said that further updates regarding the cancelled matches during this period of mourning will be provided on a later date.
However, the cancellation of the entire program could create a big block of fixtures later in the season as there are no free midweeks between now and the mid-winter break for the World Cup – which begins in Qatar just seven days after the Premier League pauses.
Almost all of Friday’s sporting programs were not played on Thursday night as a mark of respect, including day two of England’s Test match against South Africa, golf’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and all racing, the Queen’s favourite sport
Here is the tweet from the Premier League handle:
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