Rick Barry, president of the English Premier League, issued an official statement to mourn Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away yesterday, Thursday, at the age of 96.
“The Premier League is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” Rick Barry said in a statement. “For 70 years, Her Majesty the Queen has proudly served England and the Commonwealth with distinction.”
“The Queen has had a keen interest in sports, including football. Her Majesty has attended several FA Cup finals throughout her reign and has been an advocate for our national sport during her many years of service.”
“The Queen’s presence at Wembley in 1966 is perhaps the most famous moment in our national game, to present the trophy to captain Bobby Moore after England’s victory over West Germany in the World Cup final.”
And he added: “On behalf of the Premier League clubs, we join the rest of the nation and people around the world in mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and we would like to console the Royal Family at this sad time for our country, and accordingly considerations related to Premier League matches will be discussed with the government and the broader sports sector during the period A decision will be made as soon as possible.”
And some English media claimed that all sporting activities in England would be suspended temporarily, including Premier League matches.
Championship matches were postponed to mourn Queen Elizabeth II’s death
In the same regard, the English Premier League announced the postponement of the matches scheduled for Friday, September 9, due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
In an official statement, the Champions League said: “As a sign of respect, following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Champions League has confirmed that Friday’s matches have been postponed.”
“The fate of the remaining matches scheduled for this week will be announced after reviewing the official mourning guidelines, as well as further consultation with government bodies,” the statement added.