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Queen Elizabeth: Premier League postpones weekend fixtures

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It was announced on Friday that all Premier League games this weekend have been postponed out of respect for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The English top flight made the choice despite British official advice that it was not required to postpone sporting games during a time of national sorrow.

The Premier League released a statement saying, "At a meeting this morning, Premier League teams paid respect 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."

All matches in the English Football League and Women’s Super League have also been postponed.

Other sporting action in Britain scheduled for Friday, including Test cricket and European golf’s PGA Championship, have been cancelled as a mark of respect. Those sports could restart over the weekend.

However, sporting chiefs have been advised to avoid any clash with a state funeral, the date of which has yet to be announced.

"There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the national mourning period," the government said in a guidance statement.

"This is at the discretion of individual organisations. As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the state funeral."

The British Horseracing Authority said there would be no races on Saturday – extending cancellations into a third day.

King’s Lynn, the only horse owned by the queen entered to run this weekend, will not run at the Curragh on Sunday.


Racing will return on Sunday, with the programme featuring the St Leger, one of Britain’s five Classic races, which the queen won in 1977 with her filly Dunfermline.






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