UK sports get government go-ahead to play on if they want after Queen’s death | Soccer


The government has told the Premier League and other sports that this weekend’s action can go ahead but has left the final decision up to them.

It is expected that cricket and golf will be back tomorrow, with England’s third Test against South Africa resuming along with the PGA Championship at Wentworth. It also looks increasingly likely Sunday’s Great North Run will take place.

There is also an expectation that after the publication of official guidance, rugby league at all levels will also go ahead this weekend – including the Super League playoff on Saturday.

However it is unclear what football’s position will be, with the Premier League clubs meeting at 11am BST to discuss what to do.

The major sports held a meeting with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in a call at 9.30am, before the official guidance was publicly released.

It makes clear there is no obligation to postpone matches during the official mourning period after the Queen’s death, but it suggests that sports may wish to switch the timings of games on the day of her funeral.

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The statement says: “There is no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sporting fixtures, or close entertainment venues during the National Mourning period. This is at the discretion of individual organisations.

“As a mark of respect, organisations might wish to consider cancelling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the State Funeral. They are under no obligation to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of individual organisations.

“If sporting fixtures or events are planned for the day of the State Funeral, organisations may want to adjust the event timings so they do not clash with the timings of the funeral service and associated processions,” it adds.

“As a mark of respect, and in keeping with the tone of National Mourning, organisers may wish to hold a period of silence and/or play the National Anthem at the start of events or sporting fixtures, and players may wish to wear black armbands.”

The Irish Football Association announced that all football in Northern Ireland scheduled for this weekend would not take place.



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