EPL closed due to Queen Elizabeth’s death, football will not be played in Britain until Monday
The death of Queen Elizabeth II also had an impact on the playing field. The authorities have suspended all English Premier League games until next Monday. However, the British government said that the Premier League authorities could continue to play as scheduled.
The England Cricket Board on Thursday announced the suspension of Friday’s England-South Africa Test due to Queen’s death. On Friday, the Premier League authorities announced the suspension of all EPL matches until Monday. Apart from the Premier Division, the games of the remaining three divisions are also being stopped. They will inform the next decision after talking to the government.
The British government, however, said that sports organizations can continue to play as per the pre-determined schedule. Just before the start of the game, silence is observed in honor of the Queen and the players enter the field wearing black armbands. The government also said that it will not interfere if any sports organization wants to suspend the game. The message from the British government’s Department for Digital, Culture and Sport was sent to the country’s sports organizations on Friday evening.
Premier League authorities issued a statement on Thursday paying tribute to the late Queen. Manchester United and West Ham United football players observed silence before the start of the Europa League match. The Premier League authorities will inform later when the postponed games will take place. Not only football, but all sports competitions in Britain are suspended in mourning.