By: Gyang Dakwo
The Premier League has postponed this weekend’s fixtures as a mark of respect after the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96.
The decision to postpone all matches from Saturday and Monday was taken after a Premier League shareholders’ meeting on Friday, which was held after an earlier meeting involving the British government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport and representatives from a range of sports.
The English Football League (EFL) and Women’s Super League (WSL) have also decided to postpone their round of fixtures this weekend. A similar decision was taken to halt all matches in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
The Premier League said in a statement on Friday: “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 did not hold a vote on postponement; instead, the board made the decision and the clubs agreed.
The government had earlier said it was the decision of individual organizations to make regarding the holding of events during the nation’s mourning period.