The death of Queen Elizabeth II: postponements and changes to scheduled sports | football news

Postponements and changes to the scheduled sport after the death of Queen Elizabeth II…


The Premier League has announced Friday’s matches – Burnley v Norwich and Tranmere v Stockport – have been postponed as a sign of respect for Queen Elizabeth II. A decision on the weekend matches will be made on Friday morning, after discussion with the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sports.

The Premier League paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, highlighting that she handed captain Bobby Moore the World Cup when England beat Germany at Wembley in 1966.

The Northern Ireland Football Association has announced that Friday night matches between Cliftonville, Glentoran, Larne and Dungannon will be postponed and will be updated on Friday morning regarding Saturday’s matches.

The European Football Association decided to hold matches on Thursday evening between Manchester United and West Ham United. There was a minute’s silence at both Old Trafford and London Stadium before kick-off, with players and staff wearing black armbands.


The European Central Bank has announced that Friday’s match between England and South Africa in the Test match at The Oval, along with all matches scheduled at the Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy, will not take place. “For matches after Friday, updates will be provided in due course,” she added.

Horse racing

The British Horseracing Authority has described Queen Elizabeth II as “one of the greatest and most influential supporters in the history of horse racing”.

All races are suspended for the remainder of Thursday and every Friday. Another announcement will be made on Friday about when racing will resume and how the sport will continue to celebrate its death.


The European Tour group suspended play in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth for the remainder of Thursday and announced that there would be no tournament play on Friday. More updates will follow on when to resume play.

rugby union

Thursday night’s Premier Rugby Cup football match between Northampton Saints and Sarcens has been postponed following the announcement of Her Majesty’s death.

rugby league

The Queen was a sponsor of rugby league until 2016, and in her honour, the Rugby Football League said: “Our clubs and players at all levels will show their respect for Her Majesty wherever rugby league is played in the coming days.”

Super League President Ken Davey said: “The entire Rugby League family shares the sadness felt across the UK at this very sad time.”


The US Open tennis tournament will mark Queen Elizabeth II for a moment of silence and photo montage ahead of the first women’s semi-final on Thursday night.


The Italian Grand Prix is ​​scheduled to start this weekend. Stefano Domenicali, President and CEO of Formula 1: “Formula 1 sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”


The sixth stage of the Tour of Britain, from Tuxbury to Gloucester, will not take place on Friday. More updates about the final two stages of the race, stages seven and eight, will follow on Saturday and Sunday.

More to follow…