Queen Elizabeth II’s death: The postponements and changes which will take place to scheduled sport | Football News
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Queen Elizabeth II’s death: The postponements and changes which will take place to scheduled sport | Football News

The postponements and changes which will take place to scheduled sport following the death of Queen Elizabeth II…


The EFL has announced Friday’s fixtures – Burnley vs Norwich and Tranmere vs Stockport – have been postponed as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II. A decision on the weekend’s games will be made on Friday morning, following a discussion with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

The SPFL confirmed Friday’s game between Cove Rangers and Dundee has been postponed as a mark of respect. They will update on the weekend’s fixtures on Friday.

The Northern Ireland Football League announced Friday night’s matches between Cliftonville and Glentoran and Larne and Dungannon have been postponed, and will update on Friday morning about Saturday’s games.

UEFA decided Thursday evening fixtures involving Manchester United and West Ham United would go ahead. There was a minute’s silence at both Old Trafford and the London Stadium before the kick-offs, with players and staff wearing black armbands.


The ECB announced Friday’s play between England and South Africa in the Test match at The Oval, along with all scheduled matches in the Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy, will not take place. “For fixtures beyond Friday, updates will be provided in due course,” it added.

Horse racing

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

All racing is suspended for the rest of Thursday and all of Friday. A further announcement will be made on Friday as to when racing will resume and how the sport will continue to mark her passing.


The European Tour Group suspended play at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club for the remainder of Thursday and announced there will be no play at the tournament on Friday. Further updates on when play will resume are to follow.

Rugby Union

Thursday night’s Premiership Rugby Cup match between Northampton Saints and Saracens was postponed following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

The Scottish Rugby Union announced the suspension of all competitive domestic matches under its jurisdiction this weekend.

Rugby League

Super League announced it will “pay its respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II throughout the period of national mourning” but Friday’s first Super League Elimination Play-Off in Perpignan will go ahead as scheduled, with a minute’s silence before kick-off, and the players of Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos wearing black armbands.

A decision on the second Elimination Play-Off between Huddersfield Giants and Salford Red Devils on Saturday will be made on Friday morning.

The Queen was rugby league’s patron until 2016 and in their tribute to her, the Rugby Football League said: “Our clubs and players at all levels will display their respect to Her Majesty wherever Rugby League is played in the coming days.”


The US Open tennis tournament will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a moment of silence and a photo montage ahead of the first women’s semi-final on Thursday evening.


The Italian Grand Prix is set to go ahead this weekend. Formula 1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali said: “Formula 1 sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family and to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.”


The remainder of this week’s Tour of Britain has been cancelled, with Friday’s stage six in Gloucestershire, Saturday’s stage seven in Dorset and Sunday’s stage nine on the Isle of Wight no longer taking place.


The Great North 5k and the UK Athletics 5k Road Championships, both scheduled to take place on Friday September 9, have been cancelled.