The Premier League and EFL have confirmed that games will not take place this weekend, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, September 8th.
On Friday morning, the UK government told football leagues that games could go ahead over the weekend — but left the decision in the hands of governing bodies.
In a statement titled ‘Guidance for the Period of National Mourning’, a section read: “The decision as to whether sporting fixtures continue to go ahead is at the discretion of organisers. Organisers may wish to consider using black armbands and observing a silence before matches are played.”
And now, as confirmed by the Premier League, there will be no Premier League football this weekend: “At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute 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.”
Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, said: “We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.
“As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication.
“This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing.”
Further updates regarding Premier League fixtures during the period of mourning will be provided in due course.