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Sports governing bodies in the UK are free to make their own decisions about whether or not to continue following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96 on Thursday.
The UK Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport held a meeting Friday morning and concluded there was no obligation to cancel or postpone events this weekend, leaving decisions to individual sporting bodies.
Some have already intervened to cancel their schedule this weekend, such as the Premier League, Women’s Super League and the English Football League.
The Scottish FA, Welsh FA and Irish FA have also intervened by postponing matches as a show of respect for the Queen.
However, the Great North Run continues its big race and the St Leger in Doncaster will now be held on Sunday as horse racing has decided to cancel race tickets on Saturday.
Sportsmail is giving full details on what’s going on and what’s not this weekend after Queen Elizabeth II’s death in Balmoral.
Sports announce their weekend plans or cancellations after the death of the Queen
There are widespread football cancellations in the home countries for this weekend.
In England, the Premier League has confirmed the cancellation of all 10 scheduled matches for this match week on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The Premier League released a statement announcing the decision to postpone their matches
All Championship, League One and League Two EFL games have also been postponed for this weekend. It follows the initial cancellation of two games on Friday.
The FA has canceled all games for this weekend, including the opening games of the new WSL season, as well as games in the Barclay’s Women’s Championship, Women’s FA Cup and the FA Trophy.
The National League has also canceled their Saturday and Sunday schedule of matches for steps one through six, the Women’s Football Pyramid has been canned from steps three through seven and football matches in England have also been postponed to mark the Queen’s death.
The Scottish FA, Scottish Professional Football League, Scottish Women’s Premier League and Highland & Lowland Leagues have agreed that all professional football matches will be postponed this weekend out of respect.
The Irish FA announced on Friday that all football scheduled for this weekend in Northern Ireland will be canceled.
FA Wales has announced that games from 9 to 12 September have been postponed.
The Europa League and Europa Conference League games continued on Thursday with pre-match tributes at Old Trafford and London Stadium.
The Premier League and English Football League have postponed this weekend’s games
Friday’s match between England and South Africa men at The Oval, along with any scheduled matches in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, will not take place.
Only one Premiership Rugby match has been cancelled, while a second has been pushed back 24 hours to Saturday.
Sale Sharks against Northampton Saints on Friday night has been postponed – just 24 hours after Northampton’s Premiership Rugby Cup match was canceled shortly after the announcement of the Queen’s death on Thursday night.
Bristol Bears v Bath Rugby – originally scheduled for Friday night – has been moved to a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday, following the decision of the Premiership board.
Other matches for Saturday and Sunday will continue as scheduled, with a minute of silence and black armbands to use as clubs and supporters pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II’s life.
The Scottish Rugby Union has postponed all domestic competitive matches this weekend as a mark of respect and the summer women’s test international between Scotland and Spain on Sunday is also cancelled.
The RFL postponed Friday’s Betfred Championship game between Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury Rams. Further announcements about the weekend’s games at all levels would be made “as soon as possible,” the governing body said.
Play has been suspended for a day at the BMW PGA Championship and there will be no play on Friday. It is rumored that they are considering a restart as soon as possible, as reported in Sportsmail.
Horse racing was a much loved passion of the Queen. Events for Friday and Saturday were cancelled, while evening tickets in Southwell and Chelmsford were halted on Thursday after news of her death was confirmed around 6:30pm.
On Sunday, the race returns, led with the St Leger in a revised schedule of nine races at Doncaster Racecourse.
Sunday’s card at Chepstow in Wales will also continue, but Musselburgh in Scotland has been canceled as the Queen’s body will be resting in Edinburgh.
The Queen’s horse King’s Lynn was not registered for the Al Basti Equiworld, Dubai Flying Five Stakes in Curragh, Ireland on Sunday, after being initially entered.
The Great North Run, the largest half marathon in the world, takes place on Sunday. The organizers canceled the 5k sister event on Friday, but they have decided to go ahead with the big race, which could raise up to £25million for charities.
Richmond RUN-FEST has been postponed, however, as their route would take runners past two sites partially owned by historic royal palaces and a floral tribute to Elizabeth in the Old Deer Park of the Royal Borough.
The Tour of Britain has been canceled on Thursday evening. The final stages, which were to finish on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, were canceled after police were recalled to London.
The weigh-in for Saturday’s proposed fight between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields will take place behind closed doors. No announcement has been made yet about the weekend’s fight at The O2 in London.
Premier Sports Elite League Ice Hockey kicks off tonight as previously scheduled, following a board meeting. The match begins with a two-minute silence for the Queen, followed by the playing of the National Anthem.
Sporting events continue around the world, and those outside the UK have made their own efforts to honor Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable reign.
The Italian Grand Prix at Monza goes ahead as scheduled, with a minute of silence scheduled for Friday’s first free practice session, and another on the starting grid for the race on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The US Open held a short tribute to the queen during the women’s semifinals in New York on Thursday evening. With Brits Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski on either side of the net for Friday’s men’s doubles final, the pair are expected to wear black armbands to mark the Queen’s passing.
The first Super League elimination play-off between Catalans Dragons and Leeds continues as it takes place in Perpignan, France. Both teams will observe a minute of silence and wear black armbands before the game.
Great Britain’s Community Lions will show their respects before they face France in the final of the European Under-19 Championship in Italy on Saturday.
Belfast Giants are in action on Friday evening in the Champions Hockey League in Switzerland against HC Davos. The team is currently working on an appropriate mark of respect to honor the Queen.