what consequences for English sport in the coming days?
Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96. A real earthquake across the Channel, which is not without consequences for the world of sport.
Britain mourns its queen. This Thursday evening, Elizabeth II died at the age of 96, after 70 years of reign. On the other side of the Channel, the shock wave is considerable and the world of sport is obviously affected by this disappearance.
The Premier League waiting
The Premier League, whose seventh day begins on Saturday with Manchester City-Tottenham (Saturday at 6:30 p.m.) or Arsenal-Everton (Sunday at 3 p.m.) posters in particular, is already threatened. According to the English press, discussions are underway with the government to find out whether football matches will be maintained. The Daily Mail assures that an announcement will be made « as soon as possible », while the Times expects a decision this Friday.
In the meantime, all the English clubs involved in the European Cup this Thursday evening (Arsenal, Manchester United, West Ham) played their match well. Minutes of silence were held during the Manchester United-Real Sociedad, West Ham-Steaua Bucharest and Zürich-Arsenal matches.
Events already canceled
Before the possible postponement of the 7th day of the Premier League, other sporting events have already been canceled. In D2 football, the postponement of the meeting Burnley–Norwich has been acted. As with the Premier League, a decision is expected on Friday for the rest of the games.
In cycling, the seventh stage of the Tour of Britain, scheduled for Friday, will not take place. “Further updates regarding the status of stages seven and eight will be provided in due course,” organizers said, casting doubt on whether the final two stages, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, will take place.
In cricket, sport oh so popular across the Channel, the match between England and South Africa, scheduled for Friday in London, has also been postponed. « Not all matches scheduled for the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy will take place, specifies the England and Wales Cricket Board. For matches beyond Friday, updates will be provided in due course. »
Finally, in golf, the BMW PGA Championship, organized in London was stopped prematurely this Thursday, as soon as the death of the queen was announced. Once again, new information will be communicated shortly for the rest of the tournament.