Premier League expected to postpone football matches when Queen dies

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There are a number of protocols in place for when QueenElizabeth II dies – and sport is no different.

Should the Queen pass, in the period of mourning, sport is likely to be postponed in the UK. Concerning the weekend’s Premier League action, the league told the Daily Star that they will be advised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in terms of what the best course of action to take is.

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Though a DCMS spokesman insisted no "strict sporting guidance" would be given and the decision would be left down to specific sports, including football. Although the DCMS did confirm that if sporting events were scheduled to take place on the day of the Queen's funeral – they would all be cancelled.

In the interim period leading up to the funeral, it is understood football bosses would have to gauge the 'mood of a nation' when it came to deciding whether or not to postpone games as a mark of respect. It remains unlikely Premier League bosses would be willing to continue with games as normal should they be due to take place within 72 hours of the Queen's passing.

In women’s boxing, Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall are billed to face off for the undisputed world middleweight championship on Saturday. It is set to be held at the O2 Arena in London but this is likely to be postponed, even if it’s under the World Boxing Organization.

It's no secret that the Queen was a huge fan of horse racing and even rode during her later years (sometimes despite being advised not to!). She did not attend the Epsom Derby in June this year owing to poor health and instead watched the major sporting event on television at Windsor Castle.

It is likely, especially with its royal association, that racing will be postponed by the British Horseracing Authority for the mourning period. The Daily Star has reached out to The British Horseracing Authority for comment.

Rugby games will be likely postponed, too, with Rugby England being the body behind it. A huge round of Gallagher Premiership coming this weekend will be set at a later date. The Daily Star has reached out to Rugby England for comment.

The Italian Grand Prix could prove different. Being a worldwide sport there is less appeal to shutting the events down. However, with three British drivers and many teams based in England, that could have its complications as well.

Cricket is likely to cease during this ten-day period as well. The ECB are expected to make an announcement in due course but The Daily Star has reached out to the sporting body for comment.


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