Premier League and EFL postpone this weekend’s game after the Queen's death

Football organisers have opted to postpone this weekend’s fixture after the Queen passed away on Thursday.

<p>A minute silence for Queen Elizabeth II was held ahead of Manchester United’s home match at Old Trafford. Credit: Getty. </p>

A minute silence for Queen Elizabeth II was held ahead of Manchester United’s home match at Old Trafford. Credit: Getty.

The Premier League and English Football League have chosen to postpone this weekend’s fixtures following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

News broke of the Queen’s passing on Thursday afternoon at her home in Balmoral with her family by her side.

A meeting was held on Friday morning between Premier League clubs to discuss whether this weekend’s fixtures should be postponed, a decision they have opted to do in Her Majesty’s honour.

Aston Villa were meant to face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, while Wolverhampton Wanderers will now wait to travel to Liverpool.

In the Championship, Birmingham City were set to welcome Swansea City to St Andrews’, while West Bromwich Albion’s journey to Coventry City will be rearranged.

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The following statement was released by the Premier League following the discussions: “At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“To honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s game.”

The Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters has explained the decision to call-off this weekend’s games.

“We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country,” he said.

"As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication.

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"This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing.”

The EFL has also released a statement regarding the postponement of all Championship, League One and League Two fixtures this weekend.

“Further to discussions on Friday morning it has been determined that all EFL fixtures from 9-10 September will be postponed as a mark of respect by the National Sport to the passing of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.

“This is aligned with the approach that the Premier League and the FA will take with their competitions this weekend.

“Further information, in respect of how football, Clubs and their supporters will commemorate Her Majesty’s reign will be confirmed at an appropriate point.

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“Details regarding rearranged games will be announced in due course.”

The Premier League added that they will provide a further update regarding their fixtures during the period of mourning in due course.