UK fixtures cancelled: This is when the Premier League will provide update on West Ham v Newcastle United
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The Premier League (EPL) will hold a meeting later this morning to determine whether or not this weekend’s matches will go ahead.
The United Kingdom has entered a period of mourning following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
When will the Premier League makes its announcement?
According to reports, officials from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will set out Government guidance on an all-sports call at 9:30am today.
The Premier League will then meet at 11am, where a public announcement regarding fixtures is set to follow soon after.
Chief executive Richard Masters has told clubs that government guidance is unlikely to be ‘definitive’, which essentially means the EPL will make its own decision.
Eddie Howe’s pre-match West Ham press conference has been pushed back from 9am to 1:30pm, which will only go ahead if the game is on.
What is the Government’s guidance?
“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.
“They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of 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 service 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.”
Have any UK matches been cancelled?
The Irish FA have postponed all its football activity this weekend following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
A statement read: “As a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, this weekend‘s fixtures across all affiliated football in Northern Ireland, and all other organised football activity, at all levels, have been postponed.”
It follows on from the EFL’s announcement on Thursday night that Friday fixtures involving Burnley versus Norwich City and Tranmere Rovers vs Stockport County had all been cancelled.
What have the Premier League and EFL said?
The Premier League has said nothing regarding fixtures, although did pay tribute to The Queen soon after her passing was announced at 6:30pm on Thursday.
A statement read: “The Premier League is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and condolences are with The Royal Family and everyone around the world mourning the loss of Her Majesty.”
Meanwhile, EFL chairman Rick Parry said: “Today, the EFL was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen Elizabeth II.
“Over a 70-year reign, Her Majesty proudly served the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth with distinction.
“The Queen had a keen interest in sport including football. Her Majesty attended numerous FA Cup Finals throughout her reign and was an advocate for our national sport through her many years of service.
“The Monarch was at Wembley Stadium in 1966 for perhaps our national game’s most famous moment to present captain Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet Trophy after England beat West Germany to win the World Cup.
“On behalf of the League and its Clubs, we join the rest of the nation and people across the world in mourning the passing of our Queen, Elizabeth II.
“The thoughts of everybody at the EFL and our Clubs are with the Royal Family at this sad time for our country.”
The statement added that: “Consideration in respect of EFL fixtures will be discussed with the Government and the wider sport sector during the period ahead and an appropriate announcement will be made at the earliest opportunity.”