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Premier League games postponed, Derry game goes ahead

All of this weekend’s Premier League, EFL and WSL games have been postponed, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The decision to postpone the games has been taken ‘as a mark of respect’ following a meeting of Premier League clubs this morning.

Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, said: “We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.

“As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication.

“This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing.”

Derry City’s SSE Airtricity Premier Division clash with Bohemians will go ahead as planned tonight, with live coverage on RTÉ2.

There had been suggestions that match at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium could be postponed, however both Derry City and Bohemians confirmed that there will be no change to the fixture and that kick-off will be at 7.45pm, with coverage starting on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player from 7:30pm.

Earlier today the Irish FA announced that all soccer games under its jurisdiction, including the Danske Bank Premiership, have been postponed.

UK sporting bodies have been told there is no obligation to cancel events this weekend following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, but have been advised they may wish to cancel anything scheduled for the day of her State Funeral.

Sports event organisers from across the UK were involved in a call with Government on Friday morning to discuss the staging of fixtures in the wake of The Queen’s death.

Official Government guidance on the period of mourning published on Friday morning appeared to give them the go-ahead to stage events as planned this weekend, but advised against putting on anything that would clash with Her Majesty’s funeral.

No date has yet been fixed for that.

The UK Government guidance stated: “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.

“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.”

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