The Premier League have announced that this weekend’s round of fixtures have been postponed, as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
The decision comes following the news from Buckingham Palace on Thursday afternoon, in which it was confirmed that the monarch had passed, aged 96.
England’s top-flight fixtures for the weekend and Monday evening will now be rescheduled in tribute, with a Premier League statement confirming the decision ‘to honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation’.
“At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the statement read.
“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.
Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive, added: “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.”
The Premier League confirmed there will be a further update on the return of football in due course.