Premier League fixtures this weekend are set to be postponed, according to reports, as the UK and Commonwealth enter an extended period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Britain’s longest-serving monarch passed away at Balmoral at the age of 96 after reigning for 70 years.
Arsenal’s Europa League game against FC Zurich saw a minute’s silence held at half-time and Manchester United will also pay tribute before their clash with Real Sociedad in the Europa League.
But reports claim that all sport is set to be cancelled from tomorrow, meaning this weekend’s Premier League fixtures will not go ahead.
There is no official mandate from the Government to cancel sporting events, but it’s been indicated that most fixtures and events will be postponed.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the English football leagues will now be discussing the plan moving forward on postponing fixtures.
The DP World Tour confirmed that the BMW PGA Championship would be stopped for the remainder of play on Thursday.
The statement read: “Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, play in the BMW PGA Championship has been suspended for the remainder of Thursday. All facilities in the Championship Village will close with immediate effect. Further updates and guidance will be provided shortly.”
The Premiership Rugby season was also scheduled to get underway this evening between Northampton Saints and Saracens.
But both teams released statements on social media confirming the game had been postponed in the wake of The Queen’s death.