The British Royal Family and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport released a joint statement via Sky Sports on Thursday night, saying that after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and Prime Minister Liz Truss’ government are considering to postpone this weekend’s football competitions all over the country, including the all eagues and cup matches such as the Premier League, EFL Championship, EFL League One, EFL League Two, Scottish Premiership, Scottish Championship, Scottish League One, Scottish League Two, Northern Ireland Football League, Northern Ireland Football Championship and etc. altogether as a mark of respect and condolences to the late Queen.
The statement said that the cabinet will discuss with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport on Friday morning local time and then report to the royal family before making a formal response to whether to adjust the schedule.
The English Football League (EFL) has decided to postpone Burnley’s Championship game against Norwich City and Tranmere Rovers’ League Two game against Stockport County, according to reports.
At the same time, the Scottish Football Association also announced its decision to postpone Cove Rangers’ match against Dundee.
The Northern Ireland Football Association announced the postponement of all Northern Ireland Football League and Northern Ireland Championship matches on Friday.
The Premier League and all the aforementioned FA added that all matches on Saturdays, weekends and beyond will be subject to a decision after the Department for Culture, Media & Sport have consulted the Royal Family.
In addition, UEFA issued a statement stating that all competitions in the Champions League, Europa League and Europa League will continue unless there is a sudden change. All staffs, players and the referees must also wear black armbands and held a minute silence as a tribute.
Indeed, Manchester United, Arsenal and West Ham had already paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by doing so in their respective Europa League and Europa League matches last night.
After the news of the unfortunate death of Queen Elizabeth II came out, clubs, companies, organizations, governments and NGOs, as well as the media in the United Kingdom all changed to black or black and white photos to pay tribute, and politicians from various countries have also paid their condolences to the British government and the royal family, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have even flown their flags at half-mast.
In the early hours of Asia on September 9, 2022, the British royal family issued an obituary announcing sadly that Queen Elizabeth II passed away on the 8th at the age of 96, and Crown Prince Charles will succeed to the throne as the king of the United Kingdom, titled King Charles III.
Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne for 70 years and has just appointed her 15th Prime Minister, Truss on September 6.
She is the longest-reigning monarch in the world in modern society, and the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and has long since become a symbol of Britain.