EFL pushing for 3pm matches next Saturday to be moved

Football League clubs pushing for 3pm matches next Saturday to be moved to Friday night to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral

  • HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, sadly passed away aged 99 on Friday
  • His funeral will be held at Windsor Castle on Saturday and games will be moved
  • The EFL announced that Saturday’s 3pm fixtures to be played on Friday night 

Football League clubs are pushing for next Saturday’s 3pm fixtures to be played on Friday night so not to clash with Prince Philip’s funeral.

The EFL announced that the April 13, 3pm fixtures would be rescheduled, as a mark of respect to the Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral is scheduled for Saturday.

Sportsmail understands talks about playing the games on Friday night have taken place, with the date understood to be the preferred option of a large number of clubs.

Football League clubs are pushing for next Saturday’s 3pm games to be played on Friday night 

Following the death of Prince Philip – who died last Friday, aged 99 – the EFL released a statement that read: ‘As a mark of respect, EFL matches scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 17 April will be moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.’

The royal ceremonial funeral will be held in St George’s Chapel (above) on Saturday 

Premiership Rugby have announced that all of their matches scheduled will be rearranged

The royal ceremonial funeral will be held in St George’s Chapel on Saturday, with only 30 people attending to adhere to coronavirus restrictions.

As a result, the 32 games across the Championship, League One and League Two scheduled for 3pm that will be moved.  

Other sports are also expected to follow suit, with Premiership Rugby also announcing that all of their matches scheduled to be played between 3pm and 4pm on Saturday will be rearranged.  




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