Government leave Premier League and sport chiefs to make their own call on whether to cancel matches this weekend, as select committee chair says advice is NO games should be on

  • Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday evening 
  • There has been uncertainty over whether sport would take place this weekend 
  • The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have issued their guidance
  • DCMS held a call with all major sports at 9.30am to determine the plan of action
  • The UK government has said there no obligation to cancel sporting fixtures
  • However, they have left the decision up to individual organisations to decide

The UK government have said there no obligation to cancel or postpone sporting fixtures this weekend following the death of the Queen. However, they have left the decision as to whether games go ahead up to the individual organisations.  

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport held a call with all major sports at 9.30am to determine the plan of action for the rest of this weekend’s calendar and stated they would not be banning sport.  

Despite being down to individual governing bodies, the chair of the DCMS Select Committee Julian Knight has told TalkSPORT that no sporting events should take place out of respect for Queen Elizabeth II – who passed away peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon. 

It remains to be seen what the Premier League, English Football League and Football Association will decide to do.

The UK government has said there is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the National Mourning period.

However, they have said that the decision is left at the discretion of individual organisations and hinted that they should ‘hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the start of events or sporting fixtures’ if they decide to go ahead. 

A statement read: There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the National Mourning period. 

‘This is at the discretion of individual organisations. As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral. 

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have issues their guidance for sporting events this weekend as the country continues to mourn for Queen Elizabeth II

Buckingham Palace announced the news that the Queen had died peacefully on Thursday 

‘They are under no obligation to do and this is entirely at the discretion of the individual organisations.

‘If sporting fixtures or events are planned for the day of the State Funeral, organisations may want to adjust the event timings so they do not clash with the timings of the funeral services and associated processions. 

‘As a mark of respect, and in keeping with the tone of National Mourning, organisers may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the start of events or sporting fixtures, and players may wish to wear black armbands.’ 

Several sporting events have already been cancelled. Friday’s fixture between England and South Africa at The Oval, along with all scheduled matches in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, have not taken place. 

It remains to be seen what the Premier League , English Football League and FA will do

The following statement was shared by the Chief sports reporter for The Times outlining what has been said in regard so sporting fixtures this weekend 

Northampton announced the postponement of their Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Saracens scheduled on Thursday evening and the Scottish Rugby Union has postponed all domestic competitive games this weekend as a mark of respect.

The women’s summer Test international between Scotland and Spain on Sunday has also been called off after Buckingham Palace announced the passing of the Queen on Thursday evening.

Play at the BMW PGA Championship was also stopped following the news. Flags on the grounds were lowered to half mast shortly after the announcement and play was scrapped on Friday. 

Play at the BMW PGA Championship was stopped following the news. Flags on the grounds were lowered to half mast shortly after the announcement and play was scrapped on Friday

The Union Flag above Wentworth House flies at half mast following the death of the Queen

Meanwhile, the British Horseracing Authority decided to abandon their meetings at Southwell and Chelmsford on Thursday evening before calling off Friday’s races Doncaster. 

Additionally, Friday’s Tour of Britain stage was cancelled straight after the announcement. They then stated they would be cancelling the rest of the tour, which was set to finish on the Isle of Wight on Sunday.

The English Football League also confirmed that Friday night’s Championship game between Burnley and Norwich and the League Two match between Tranmere and Stockport had been postponed.

However, EFL and several other sports decided to wait for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s guidance before decided about fixtures on Saturday. 

The England and Wales Cricket Board also announced that there would be no play on Friday at the third Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval

The British Horseracing Authority bandoned their meetings at Southwell and Chelmsford on Thursday before calling off Friday’s races Doncaster after the Queen – who is pictured with Prince Philip at Royal Ascot 2017 – passed away

Given the nature of the government’s announcement, it remains to be seen what the Premier League, English Football League and Football Association will decide to do. 

Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Real Sociedad at Old Trafford and West Ham’s game against FCSB in the Europa Conference League at the London Stadium went ahead on Thursday evening with pre-match tributes.

However, Friday night’s Championship game between Burnley and Norwich and the League Two match between Tranmere and Stockport were postponed.  

The Scottish Professional Football League also announced that Friday evening’s Championship clash between Dundee and Cove Rangers was off as a result of the Queen’s passing.  




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