all sporting events will be postponed in the UK

Chelsea supporters. DAMIR SENCAR / AFP

After the death of the Queen of England, all matches this weekend will be postponed to a later date, including Premier League clashes.

The United Kingdom is in shock after the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday at the age of 96. Immediately, twelve days of national mourning were decreed across the Channel, according to the plan drawn up by Buckingham Palace and called « London Bridge ». And, logically, all sports meetings will be postponed to a later date.

As part of this plan, sporting matches will indeed be postponed, in particular the matches of the 7th day of the Premier League. Saturday was normally to take place Fulham-Chelsea, the first match of Graham Potter successor to Thomas Tuchel, but also the clash Manchester City-Tottenham. Or, Sunday, Arsenal-Everton and Crystal Palace-Manchester United.

In an ultra-busy schedule, due in particular to the World Cup in Qatar, uncertainty remains regarding the holding of the matches of the second day of the Champions League, Tuesday and Wednesday. Four matches are scheduled to take place in the UK: Liverpool-Ajax, Rangers-Naples, Chelsea-Salzburg and Manchester City-Dortmund. Tottenham, for its part, must move on the lawn of Sporting Lisbon.

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The precedent for the death of Lady Di

These unprecedented postponements recall those that took place when Princess Diana tragically died on Sunday August 31, 1997. A number of sporting events had thus been canceled or postponed. The Premier League game between Liverpool and Newcastle United, which was due to take place on the day of Lady Di’s death, had been called off.

Similarly, all Football League matches due to take place on Saturday 6 September 1997 had been postponed until the following Friday or Sunday, with Diana’s funeral taking place on that Saturday.

Separately, ten days after Princess Diana’s death, the England national team played a World Cup qualifier against Moldova, with both teams wearing black ribbons as a mark of respect. A minute of silence was also observed before kick-off.

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