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Death of Queen Elizabeth II: Which Premier League, EFL, Scottish & European games are suspended?

2:49 PM IST 14/09/22
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Sport in the United Kingdom has been impacted following the death of the Queen, with games off as a mark of respect

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022, bringing her historical 70-year reign to an end. The monarch sat on the throne for some of the biggest moments in the history of British football and was also an active participant in a host of memorable events.

From presenting England with their only ever World Cup in 1966, to paying tribute to the Lionesses in summer 2022 following their Euros victory, she left an indelible mark on the beautiful game.

A number of events in the United Kingdom have been cancelled or postponed as a mark of respect following her death. GOAL brings you everything you need to know about which football matches have been impacted.

How will British football mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II?

Almost every club in the British football pyramid posted a tribute to Elizabeth II when her death was announced last Thursday.

The Football Association has made recommendations to clubs, leagues and competitions across England to observe a minute's silence before matches and to encourage the wearing of black armbands where possible.

All flags at Wembley Stadium and St George's Park are being flown at half-mast for the duration of the national mourning period.

Similar gestures of respect will be replicated at football matches across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Postponed Premier League, EFL, SPFL & WSL games

Premier League fixtures scheduled for September 10, 11 and 12 were postponed by the league to honour Elizabeth II's "extraordinary life and contribution to the nation" and as a mark of respect to the British Royal family.

Arsenal's Europa League meeting with Zurich had already kicked off when the news was announced on Thursday evening, and the game was concluded as scheduled. Manchester United and West Ham also released statements to confirm that their respective European games would go ahead on Thursday night.

The EFL confirmed that all of the fixtures scheduled from September 9 to September 10 across the Championship, League One and League Two would be postponed. Women's football is also off out of respect, with Women' Super League, Women's Championship, Women's FA Cup and all fixtures in the pyramid being postponed.

In Scotland, Friday's meeting between Dundee and Cove Rangers was immediately called off and the SPFL followed up to confirm that all professional football scheduled for that weekend would be postponed. The Irish Football Association also announced that games at all levels under their umbrella taking place between September 9 and September 11 in Northern Ireland would be postponed.

While games were called off, the British government's national mourning guidance indicates that "there is no obligation to cancel events and sporting fixtures" and that discretion lies with individual organisations.

The FA subsequently confirmed that games across England would resume on Monday September 12, though any game that had been scheduled for the date of the Queen's funeral - September 19 - would be postponed.

Which Premier League fixtures are postponed?

You can see a list of the Premier League games that have been affected by the decision below. Details on rearranged games will be announced at a later date and you can keep track of Premier League fixtures here on GOAL.

Date

Fixture

Venue

Sep 10

Fulham vs Chelsea

Craven Cottage

Sep 10

Bournemouth vs Brighton

Vitality Stadium

Sep 10

Southampton vs Brentford

St Mary's

Sep 10

Liverpool vs Wolves

Anfield

Sep 10

Leicester vs Aston Villa

King Power Stadium

Sep 10

Man City vs Tottenham

Etihad Stadium

Sep 11

Arsenal vs Everton

Emirates Stadium

Sep 11

West Ham vs Newcastle

London Stadium

Sep 11

Crystal Palace vs Man Utd

Selhurst Park

Sep 12

Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest

Elland Road

Oct 19

Arsenal vs Man City

Emirates Stadium

Is Champions League, Europa League and international football affected?

.In terms of UK teams involved in upcoming UEFA fixtures, the Europa League game between Rangers and Napoli, originally scheduled for September 13, will now be played on September 14. The reason for the rescheduled date was the "severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues" arising from the death of Queen Elizabeth.

Arsenal were scheduled to play a Europa League group match against PSV in London on Thursday September 15, but UEFA announced that the game has been postponed, citing the same reasons given for the rescheduling of the Rangers game. It has been announced that game will instead be played on Thursday, October 20, which triggered the postponement of the Gunners' home Premier League fixture against Manchester City on Wednesday, October 19.

Liverpool are due to play Ajax in the Champions League at Anfield on September 13 as scheduled, while Chelsea are set to play RB Salzburg in the same competition at Stamford Bridge and Manchester City host Borussia Dortmund on September 14.

Date

Fixture

Competition

Postponed?

Sep 13

Liverpool vs Ajax

Champions League

No

Sep 13

Sporting vs Tottenham

Champions League

No

Sep 14

Shakhtar Donetsk vs Celtic

Champions League

No

Sep 14

Rangers vs Napoli

Champions League

Moved to Sep 14

Sep 14

Chelsea vs RB Salzburg

Champions League

No

Sep 14

Man City vs Borussia Dortmund

Champions League

No

Sep 15

Arsenal vs PSV

Europa League

Moved to October 20

Sep 15

Sheriff vs Man Utd

Europa League

No

Sep 15

Silkeborg vs West Ham

Europa Conference League

No

Sep 15

RFS vs Hearts

Europa Conference League

No

FIFA released a statement following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, saying that the monarch's "passing is a huge loss to football, to our society, and to the world. Our football community laments the loss of a global leader who engaged and encouraged everyone she met."

How have other sports marked the death of Queen Elizabeth II?

England Cricket announced that Day 2 of their test match against South Africa would not take place on Friday, September 9 and that it would be played on Saturday, September 10 instead.

Games scheduled in the rugby union's Premiership were postponed on Friday, returning on Saturday, while golf at the PGA Championship was also called off, but resumed later that weekend.

A world boxing title fight between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields was postponed until October 15, provisionally and British horseracing resumed on Sunday, September 11.

Who succeeded Queen Elizabeth II?

Queen Elizabeth II has been succeeded by her son, Charles, who took the throne immediately following her death and is styled King Charles III.

The new king released the following statement after ascending to the throne: "The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

"We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

"During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held."

The lyrics to the United Kingdom's national anthem has reverted to 'God Save the King' in recognition of the new monarch. It had previously been 'God Save the Queen'.

When is the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II?

The Queen's funeral will be held at 11am BST (6am ET)on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey.

Elizabeth II will lie in rest at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh before being flown to London ahead of the funeral ceremony.