Football matches in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland have been postponed this weekend, as a mark of respect for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Apart from football and many other sports activities have also been postponed to the following weeks. Horse racing will return on Sunday, while among the competitions that have been affected is certainly the Premier League, where 10 matches have been canceled and will be played on a second date. The same goes for the EFL and women's competitions. The Scottish Championship has also postponed the scheduled matches. Although sports competitions were not obliged to join the mourning in honor of Queen Elizabeth, many of the leaders of sports organizations expressed that this was the right decision. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said:
"We and our clubs want to honor the long and tireless service that Her Majesty has given to our country. This is an extremely sad time, not only for the nation, but for the millions of people around the world who worshiped him, and so we join them in mourning."
Meanwhile, regarding the resumption of the challenges, there is still no set date, but the director Masters stated that the Premier League will notify the public very soon. Meanwhile, in Scotland, the activities of the Scottish Professional Football League, Scottish Women's Premier League, and Scottish Highland were suspended. The chief executive of the SPFL, Neil Doncaster, stated that there will be further updates on the development of the matches, which will be decided after everything has been reconciled first with the funeral ceremony of the Queen.
Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom. She died at the age of 96, after 70 years on the throne.