It is reported that Premier League games will be postponed this weekend as the UK and Commonwealth enter a long period of mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Britain’s longest serving monarch died in Balmoral at the age of 96 after reigning for 70 years.
A minute’s silence was held at halftime during Arsenal’s Europa League match against FC Zurich and Manchester United will also pay tribute for their clash with Real Sociedad in the Europa League.
But reports claim all sports will be canceled from tomorrow, meaning this weekend’s Premier League games will not take place.
There is no official government mandate to cancel sporting events, but it has been stated that most matches and events will be postponed.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the English football leagues will now discuss the plan to postpone the matches.
The DP World Tour confirmed that the BMW PGA Championship would be halted for the remainder of the game on Thursday.
The statement read: “After the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, play in the BMW PGA Championship has been suspended for the remainder of Thursday.
“All facilities in the Championship Village will be closed immediately.
“Further updates and guidance will be provided shortly.”
The Premiership Rugby season was also set to start tonight between Northampton Saints and Saracens.
But both teams released statements on social media confirming that the match had been postponed following The Queen’s death.
The horse races have also been postponed by the British Horseracing Authority for Thursday and Friday.
It remains to be seen whether the Italian Grand Prix will be canceled or postponed, with Italy being a member of the Commonwealth along with several teams in the UK.