Premier League pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

The Premier League and EFL have called off their fixtures this weekend as professional football in England will be postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

As the UK enters a period of national mourning, other sports are also deciding to postpone their events this weekend. Decisions on further delays in the schedule are expected to be determined after reviewing official bereavement guidelines, which are expected to be issued by the Cabinet Office, but it is understood that it will be up to individual sporting event organizers to decide how to proceed – with deferrals not being mandatory.

On Thursday night, following Buckingham Palace’s announcement, the BMW PGA Championship golf event at Wentworth was immediately suspended and Friday’s play cancelled, although the tournament will resume on Saturday and be played over 54 holes. Meanwhile, the ECB also canceled the second day of the England v South Africa test match at the Oval, which was scheduled for Friday, before England captain Ben Stokes urged that the rest of the game be played in “the memory of the queen” and it was announced that it would indeed resume on Saturday.

Boxing’s world title fight between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields at the O2 Arena on Saturday night has been postponed, while Friday night’s pair of Gallagher Premiership matches have been called off, although the rest of the weekend will opening of the English rugby elite continues. . Elsewhere, Friday and Saturday’s horse racing meetings in the UK have been canceled and the Tour of Britain cycling has been suspended, but F1’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza will continue with a minute’s silence in the honor of the queen.

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Graham Potter led Chelsea’s first training session on Friday despite the postponement

Graham Potter led his first training session as Chelsea boss on Friday, despite the weekend’s Premier League postponements.

Chelsea, who were due to travel to Fulham on Saturday before football matches at all levels in the UK were postponed as a mark of respect to Her Majesty The Queen, are currently expected to prepare normally for the Champions League clash of Wednesday against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge.

Potter was confirmed as Chelsea’s first managerial position under new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali on Thursday.


‘Not good for fighters’ – Savannah Marshall’s trainer unhappy with late cancellation

Savannah Marshall’s trainer Peter Fury has expressed frustration over the timing of the cancellation of Saturday’s world middleweight title unification bout against Claressa Shields in London.

The British Boxing Board of Control has taken the decision to cancel all tournaments scheduled for this weekend out of respect for the Queen, with the historic all-female O2 Arena being its most high-profile victim.

The decision was announced nearly two hours after the scheduled weigh-in for the contest, which promoters Boxxer said would take place behind closed doors as the status of the contest remained unclear.


BMW PGA Championship to resume as 54-hole event on Saturday after Queen’s death

The BMW PGA Championship will resume on Saturday following the postponement of play following the Queen’s death at the age of 96.

Buckingham Palace announced the news on Thursday evening and first-round play at Wentworth was immediately suspended with 30 players on the course.

The course and practice facilities were closed on Friday, but play will resume at 6.40am on Saturday with the tournament reduced to 54 holes. A two-minute silence period will also take place at 9:50 a.m. Saturday.


Manchester City to pay casual workers in full after postponements

Manchester City will pay all casual workers who expected to be on duty for their postponed men’s and women’s games this weekend.

Pep Guardiola’s side were due to face Tottenham on Saturday as Gareth Taylor’s women’s side prepared to kick off their Women’s Super League campaign against Arsenal, but both matches have been postponed to pay tribute to the death of Queen Elizabeth II .

City acted to ensure that anyone on a zero-hours contract who had to work in either game would be paid in full for the shift they expected to work. In addition, any perishable food will be distributed to organizations in Manchester to try to waste as little food as possible that would have been served over the weekend.

Tickets for either match purchased remain valid whenever matches are rearranged, and refunds may also be requested if preferred.


Which sporting events have been affected following the Queen’s death?

Sporting events are canceled after the Queen’s death and more are expected to follow as a period of national mourning begins.

Decisions on further delays in the schedule are expected to be determined after reviewing official bereavement guidelines, which are expected to be issued by the Cabinet Office.

However, it is understood that it will be up to the organizers of sporting events to decide how to proceed and that postponements will not be mandatory.

A meeting involving representatives from the sport’s governing bodies and government is scheduled for Friday morning.

Here are the matches and events that were affected by the news:


Football Fans’ Association laments ‘missed opportunity’ to allow fans to show respect at matches

The Football Supporters’ Association has expressed regret at the decision by the Premier League, the Football Association and other sports bodies to call off fixtures this weekend as a mark of respect.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, meetings were held between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and relevant sports organizations to discuss plans to mark the occasion with respectful gestures, the guidance being that It was up to each sport in turn to decide how to do it.

While most sports such as cricket, rugby and golf opted to continue playing, football governing bodies opted to postpone all major men’s and women’s league matches as well as grassroots football matches.

The choice hasn’t been universally popular, to say the least, with the FSA responding by saying that while they acknowledged the game faced a tough decision anyway, they were convinced that the fans would have preferred to show respect by attending the football. matches and pay a “special tribute”.


WSL attendance record suspended

The Women’s Super League was preparing to kick off the 2022/23 season with huge crowds this weekend after clubs achieved record ticket sales following England’s Euro 2022 victory.

Tottenham were due to host Manchester United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while Chelsea were due to host West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

Tickets had also sold out for Manchester City’s game against Arsenal at the 7,000 capacity Academy Stadium on Sunday.

Reading has five times as many season ticket holders as last year, while defending champions Chelsea have sold their 1,500 season tickets for the second consecutive season.

This is all on hold as football’s governing bodies halted the sport from grassroots to Premier League play this weekend.


Incredible inspiration – England captains pay tribute to the Queen

England captains Harry Kane and Leah Williamson hailed the Queen as an ‘incredible inspiration’ and an ‘exceptional person’ as they led tributes following her death at the age of 96.

Buckingham Palace announced the news on Thursday evening.

Tottenham striker Kane tweeted: “My thoughts are with the Royal Family at this very difficult time.”


Cricket and rugby go ahead but football is postponed as the Queen is remembered

Sporting events including England’s men’s cricket test against South Africa will take place this weekend, but football fixtures at all levels across the UK have been postponed as a mark of respect for Her Majesty the Queen.

The death of Elizabeth II at the age of 96 was announced Thursday evening by Buckingham Palace.

Hours after Palace’s announcement, the England and Wales Cricket Board quickly confirmed that Friday’s match in The Oval match would not take place, but said on Friday afternoon that play would resume on Saturday under guidelines of the government.


England vs South Africa now a three-day test

The ECB has confirmed that Saturday’s match at The Oval will be Day 3 of the third and final Test between England and South Africa which is due to end on Monday (Day 5).

A message from the official ECB Twitter account reads: “We have had discussions with CSA but they are due to return home on Tuesday to spend a few days at home before traveling to India and Australia. Tomorrow (Saturday) is therefore confirmed as day 3 of a 5-day test.

South Africa return from England on September 13 and leave for a limited tour of India on September 23, which is a quick turnaround and the players preferred to spend that time at home instead of extending their stay in the UK .