After Queen’s death, postponement of Premier League matches and minutes of silence

Matchday 7 matches of the English Premier League scheduled for this weekend have been postponed as a sign of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II while minutes of silence will be observed at other sports grounds.

« When we met this (Friday) morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, » the Premier League said in its statement. « In honor of his extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League matchday will be postponed, including Monday night’s fixture, » she said. decided.

The Premier League took the decision even as the British government indicated that the postponement of sports competitions was not mandatory in this period of national mourning.

All fixtures in the professional lower divisions, the English Women’s Championship and the Scottish Professional League have also been postponed.

– « Football at its best when it brings people together » –

A decision that was not to the liking of the Association of Football Supporters (FSA). In a statement issued at the end of the day, she believes that « football is at its best when it brings people together in moments of immense national significance, whether they are moments of joy or moments of mourning ».

“Our opinion, which we have communicated to the football authorities, is that most supporters would have liked to go to the matches this weekend and pay tribute to the Queen in the midst of theirs,” adds the FSA.

Several other sporting events scheduled for Friday and this weekend have been canceled, always as a sign of respect for Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday at the age of 96, after 70 years of reign.

British horse racing officials have suspended competitions on Friday and Saturday. The British monarch, throughout her life, had shown an intense passion for the sport.

– ‘She was a beacon of hope,’ says Hamilton –

In cricket, the third decisive test match between England and South Africa, originally scheduled for Friday, has been postponed to Saturday and will be preceded by a minute’s silence.

The PGA golf tournament in Wentworth, near London, was suspended on Thursday evening following news of the Queen’s death. No games took place on Friday. The competition will resume on Saturday in a format shortened to 54 holes (instead of 72).

The Tour of Britain cycling, which was to end on Sunday on the Isle of Wight, was stopped after the fifth stage, run on Thursday, and will not restart.

The runners of the Ineos Grenadier team wore a black crepe on Friday following the death of the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, on Thursday evening. The start of the stage, in Talavera de la Reina, was preceded by a minute of silence for all the riders.

In contrast, Manchester United’s football match against Real Sociedad on Thursday night in the Europa League did go ahead, but a minute’s silence was observed before kick-off and the players wore black armbands.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United striker, joined the many sportsmen who offered their condolences to the royal family. « I pay tribute to his memory and I mourn this irreplaceable loss for this country that I consider mine, » posted the Portuguese international on his Instagram account.

In Monza, where the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix is ​​taking place this weekend, a minute of silence preceded the first free practice session on Friday (most F1 teams have their headquarters in the United Kingdom). Another minute of silence should be observed before the start of the race on Sunday.

« She was a beacon of hope for so many and she served her country with dignity, dedication and kindness. I am incredibly honored to have been able to spend time with her, » said seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton. of the Formula 1 world, knighted by Queen Elizabeth in December 2021.

Swiss Roger Federer, « King » of Wimbledon, hailed the Queen’s « elegance and grace » while Brazilian football legend Pelé said « his legacy will be eternal ».

In New York, where the US Open tennis ends this weekend, the Briton Joe Salisbury, who won the doubles final on Friday associated with the American Rajeev Ram, wore a black armband on his left arm. His compatriot Neal Skuski, finalist with his Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof, hung a black ribbon on his T-shirt.

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