The Premier League and the Football Association have postponed every game this weekend due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) held a teleconference at 9.30am with representatives from all major sports to decide the strategy for the remainder of this weekend’s schedule. The DCMS left it up to the various organizations to decide what events to hold.
This weekend’s games will be postponed in remembrance of Queen Elizabeth’s “exceptional life and contribution to the nation,” according to a statement from the Premier League and EFL.
The Premier League released the following statement:
‘At a meeting, this morning [Friday], 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 Daily Telegraph reports that there are now worries about football taking place the following week due to police being reassigned to London for the Queen’s burial.