The Premier League announced on its official website on Friday that all Premier League matches will be postponed unanimously this weekend in order to honour the legacy of the late Queen Elizabeth II and to show utmost respect.
The postponed games also include Leeds United’s match against Nottingham Forest on Monday evening local time, the statement said. All adjusted new schedule dates during the national mourning period will be announced in due course.
Subsequently, British outlet Sky Sports also reported and confirmed the matter. The report stated that the Premier League, the English Football League (EFL) and the English Football Association and other units today had a meeting with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Prime Minister Liz Truss’ government as well as the royal family before making this unanimous decision.
Regarding the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Richard Masters, chairman of the Premier League, added that as UK’s longest-reigning monarch, the late Queen’s great contribution to the United Kingdom and the world is unparalleled. She has always been a good role model for young people around the world. The Premier League, its clubs and everyone in the footballing community will never forget her, and will miss her legacy deeply.
Earlier, 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.
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.
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