Sport-All Football in England postponed to mourn Queen, cricket and rugby continue

(Reuters) – The governing body of English football has postponed all matches to Monday as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth, but cricket and rugby matches will go ahead as scheduled this weekend.

The football first division Premier League and the English Football League (EFL) had already announced that they would postpone their next round of games.

The Queen, Britain’s longest reigning monarch, died peacefully at her home in Scotland on Thursday aged 96.

“As a mark of respect, following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, English football has joined forces to postpone all football matches between 9-11 September,” the Football Association said in a statement.

Games in the Barclays Women’s Super League and in the lower tiers of the football pyramid and grassroots football have also been postponed, the FA added.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) had previously issued guidance saying “there is no obligation to cancel or reschedule events and sporting events or close entertainment venues during the national mourning period”.

The Premier League said a decision to postpone the games had been taken at a meeting on Friday.

“In honor of her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League round of play is postponed, including Monday night’s game,” it said.

All football matches in Northern Ireland this weekend have been postponed, while the Football Association of Wales said it had postponed September 9-12 games at all levels of the game. Professional games in Scottish football have also been cancelled.

“The death of the Queen, a constant in our lives for 70 years, is a profound and momentous event,” said Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League.

“It is therefore fitting that professional football should celebrate this event with all possible solemnity.”

CRICKET, RUGBY AND GOLF ARE AHEAD

England’s Cricket Board (ECB) said the men’s test match between England and South Africa will resume at The Oval on Saturday after day two was suspended on Friday.

The first day was a blur without a ball being thrown.

The ECB looked at the possibility of extending the game to make up for lost day two, but South Africa flies home on Tuesday, effectively making it a three-day test.

Saturday’s women’s Twenty20 international between England and India is also taking place in Durham.

England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) said matches and other rugby activities scheduled for the weekend would go ahead to allow people to come together and mourn.

“The overwhelming opinion shared within the game so far is that teams and supporters want to come together to honor Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to join in our grief as we express our sadness at her passing ‘ said the RFU.

Premiership Rugby postponed two season-opening games scheduled for Friday – Bristol Bears against Bath Rugby and Sale Sharks against Northampton Saints – but said the other games on Saturday and Sunday would go ahead as planned.

“Before the start of each game, there will be a one-minute silent tribute. All players and coaches are required to wear black armbands,” they said.

Similarly, Rugby Football League said it has made the “difficult decision” to ensure matches are played at all levels this weekend, including the Super League elimination playoffs.

However, Welsh Rugby Union suspended all senior games in Wales that were due to take place between 9 and 11 September. However, junior matches will continue, with clubs being urged to observe a two-minute silence before all matches.

The BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth will restart as a 54-hole event on Saturday, the DP World Tour said after play was suspended late Thursday and Friday’s game was canceled.

“It is not possible to play the entire 72 holes and finish on Monday as we cannot guarantee the staff, facilities or security of the venue on Monday due to ongoing State Funeral plans,” the organizers said.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) suspended all events for two days and said they would resume on Sunday.

“However, the game scheduled for Sunday at Musselburgh racecourse is canceled out of respect for the fact that the Queen’s body will rest in Edinburgh,” it added.

The British Boxing Board of Control has postponed all of its tournaments this weekend, meaning Savannah Marshall’s world middleweight title fight against Claressa Shields will not go ahead.

Sunday’s Great North Run, the world’s largest half-marathon with 60,000 participants, will go ahead as planned, organizers said.

“The thousands of participating runners are expected to raise an estimated £25 million ($28.99 million) in much-needed charitable donations, a fitting tribute to the Queen who spent her life serving our country and its people.” , they said .

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(Reporting by Manasi Pathak and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, additional reporting by Nick Said; Editing by Toby Davis and Christian Radnedge)

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