Premier League pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
The Premier League and EFL have called off their fixtures this weekend as professional football in England will be postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
As the UK enters a period of national mourning, other sports are also deciding to postpone their events this weekend. Decisions on further delays in the schedule are expected to be determined after reviewing official bereavement guidelines, which are expected to be issued by the Cabinet Office, but it is understood that it will be up to individual sporting event organizers to decide how to proceed – with deferrals not being mandatory.
On Thursday night, following Buckingham Palace’s announcement, the BMW PGA Championship golf event at Wentworth was immediately suspended and Friday’s play cancelled, although the tournament will resume on Saturday and be played over 54 holes. Meanwhile, the ECB also canceled the second day of the England v South Africa test match at the Oval, which was scheduled for Friday, before England captain Ben Stokes urged that the rest of the game be played in “the memory of the queen” and it was announced that it would indeed resume on Saturday.
Boxing’s world title fight between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields at the O2 Arena on Saturday night has been postponed, while Friday night’s pair of Gallagher Premiership matches have been called off, although the rest of the weekend will opening of the English rugby elite continues. . Elsewhere, Friday and Saturday’s horse racing meetings in the UK have been canceled and the Tour of Britain cycling has been suspended, but F1’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza will continue with a minute’s silence in the honor of the queen.
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England vs South Africa now a three-day test
The ECB has confirmed that Saturday’s match at The Oval will be Day 3 of the third and final Test between England and South Africa which is due to end on Monday (Day 5).
A message from the official ECB Twitter account reads: “We have had discussions with CSA but they are due to return home on Tuesday to spend a few days at home before traveling to India and Australia. Tomorrow (Saturday) is therefore confirmed as day 3 of a 5-day test.
South Africa return from England on September 13 and leave for a limited tour of India on September 23, which is a quick turnaround and the players preferred to spend that time at home instead of extending their stay in the UK .
Michael JonesSeptember 9, 2022 3:00 p.m.
Queen Elizabeth II pictured at sporting events during her reign
Queen Elizabeth has died aged 96, it has been confirmed. The Queen presented the World Cup to England captain Bobby Moore in 1966.
She was also a fan of horse racing and attended the Royal Ascot meeting every year. Here is a collection of photos from his time at sporting events during his reign:
The Queen pictured at sporting events during her reign
The Queen presented the World Cup to England captain Bobby Moore in 1966
Michael JonesSeptember 9, 2022 2:51 p.m.
The BMW PGA Championship will resume
The DP World Tour has confirmed that the BMW PGA Championship will resume on Saturday morning. Their statement reads as follows:
“The DP World Tour confirms today that the BMW PGA Championship will resume on Saturday morning.
“This follows the immediate suspension of play on Thursday evening and the complete cancellation of all day play on Friday, both actions taken in memory of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and out of respect for the Royal Family.
“The decision to restart on Saturday has been made in accordance with official national mourning guidelines and in consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
“The Wentworth event will give players, caddies, staff, volunteers and spectators the opportunity to come together throughout the weekend, not only to express their condolences, but also to celebrate Her Majesty’s extraordinary life.
“We join other sports in doing this, including the Men’s Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval and the Women’s IT20 match between England and India in County Durham, the Premiership Rugby Union, the Rugby League and the Great North Run in the North East of England.
“Round 2 of the BMW PGA Championship will resume at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday morning and all original round 2 tee times will remain the same. Players who have not yet completed their first lap will do so from 7:30 a.m. onwards. place of the golf course where they stopped on Thursday afternoon.
“The Rolex Series event will now be contested over 54 holes with the intention of finishing on Sunday as scheduled. It is not possible to play the full 72 holes and finish on Monday as we cannot guarantee staff, facilities or site security on Monday due to ongoing plans for the state funeral.
“Throughout the weekend at Wentworth, black ribbons will be made available to people and the flags will continue to fly at half mast.
“In addition, there will be a two-minute silence at 9.50am on Saturday morning at the site to commemorate the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with King Charles III’s proclamation being broadcast on Championship Village television screens from 10 a.m. .”
Michael JonesSeptember 9, 2022 2:43 p.m.
Neville wants football to continue
Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United captain Gary Neville agrees with the view that football should continue to move forward this weekend.
The Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Women’s Super League postponed their fixtures this weekend following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
Writing in response to Piers Morgan’s request for sport to continue this weekend, Neville replied on Twitter: “I agree with Piers. Sport can demonstrate better than anyone the respect the Queen deserves.”
Michael JonesSeptember 9, 2022 2:37 p.m.
F1 remembers the Queen
Practice for the Italian Grand Prix continued on Friday afternoon with Formula 1 paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
Michael JonesSeptember 9, 2022 2:31 p.m.
Claressa Shields vs Savannah Marshall postponed after Queen’s death
Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall’s world middleweight title fight has been postponed following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
Shields and Marshall were due to headline a fight card at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night (September 10), in one of the greatest women’s boxing matches of all time, but the event’s promoter , Boxxer, said Friday that he would look to reschedule the Saturday, Oct. 15 card.
Shields vs Marshall postponed after Queen’s death
Shields and Marshall were due to headline a fight card at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night
Michael JonesSeptember 9, 2022 2:26 p.m.
Food banks, respect and societal cost: why football shouldn’t have been canceled this weekend
When the Premier League met at 11am on Friday morning, one consideration was paramount and that’s why the decision took just 20 minutes.
It was that the late Queen Elizabeth II was a patron of the Football Association along with Prince William II, as well as the monarch for over 70 years, so the only possible conclusion was to postpone. It was purely, to cite a few sources, “respect”.
This was despite the practice of other sports and the fact that there were many serious elements to consider respectfully.
Why football shouldn’t have been canceled this weekend
The game has often led the way in showing respect and solidarity to others and the postponement of games will cause economic harm to many people.
Michael JonesSeptember 9, 2022 2:21 p.m.
Scottish weekend football postponed after Queen’s death
The card for the weekend’s Scottish football match has been postponed as a mark of respect following the Queen’s passing.
Government advice was that sport did not have to stop, but Scottish football authorities made the announcement after the Northern Ireland and England leagues had previously called off all matches.
A joint statement read: “Following meetings this morning (Friday), the Scottish FA, Scottish Professional Football League, Scottish Women’s Premier League and Scottish Highland and Lowland Football Leagues have agreed that all professional football matches will be postponed this weekend as a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Scottish weekend football postponed after Queen’s death
Scottish football authorities made the announcement after leagues in Northern Ireland and England previously canceled all matches.
Michael JonesSeptember 9, 2022 2:14 p.m.
Savannah Marshall vs. Claressa Shields postponed
Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields’ world title fight at The O2 on Saturday night was rescheduled for Friday afternoon.
Discussions took place for two hours between the promoters, Boxxer, the governing body, the British Boxing Board of Control and broadcaster Sky on Friday afternoon.
The O2 is free on October 15 and that’s the most likely date for the rescheduled fights.
Michael JonesSeptember 9, 2022 2:11 p.m.
A statement from the ECB
Cricket will continue to be played from Saturday indicates the ECB which published this press release:
“Cricket will resume on Saturday to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and honor her life and remarkable service.
“Following the cancellation of Friday’s cricket matches as a mark of respect at the news of his death, the England and Wales Cricket Board can confirm that play will resume from Saturday, including international, domestic and recreational fixtures. The decision was made in consultation with DCMS and in accordance with official national bereavement guidelines.
“This means that the men’s test match between England and South Africa will start at The Oval and the women’s IT20 match between England and India will also take place at the Riverside in Durham. The scheduled match between the England and Sri Lanka Men’s U19 as well as recreational cricket fixtures will also take place as scheduled.
“Before each match, a minute of silence will be observed followed by the national anthem. All players and coaches will wear black armbands. Branded inventory will be replaced with messages honoring cricket to the Queen.
England and South Africa will resume third Test on Saturday, ECB announces
England and South Africa will play the litmus test of their three-legged series this weekend after play was suspended on Friday following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Michael JonesSeptember 9, 2022 2:09 p.m.