Premier League clubs will play the national anthem and observe a minute’s silence before all matches this weekend to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
Managers have also been told to consider wearing suits and leading their teams, and there will also be a minute’s applause at 70 minutes to mark the length of years of the Queen’s reign. Big screens and billboards around the pitches will display tribute images instead of familiar messages.
Seven Premier League games will be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday after last weekend’s schedule was controversially canceled following the Queen’s death.
Experts said football saw fit to have a weekend of mourning for the monarch, which included stopping all grassroots football, given the Queen is the patron of the Football Association and Prince William is its president. However, this decision was widely criticized, especially considering that most other sports, including cricket and golf, went ahead.
The news was confirmed by the Premier League, who said: “All Premier League games between Friday 16 and Sunday 18 September will provide an opportunity for the League, clubs and fans to come together to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, honoring her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation and the world.
“Fans will be asked to join in a minute’s silence, which will be followed by the national anthem, God Save The King. The big screens and LED perimeter boards will display images of tribute to Her Majesty and flags around the venue will wave at half-mast. When the clock strikes 70 minutes, fans will be invited to applaud the Queen’s 70-year reign.”
A Premier League spokesman confirmed that managers wearing suits “was a suggestion, not a directive”.
Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea and Leeds’ visit to Manchester United on Sunday have been postponed due to police shortages in the run-up to the Queen’s funeral on Monday. Brighton’s home clash with Crystal Palace had already been postponed due to rail strikes which have been called off.
Arsenal’s Europa League tie at home to PSV Eindhoven has been rescheduled for October 20, prompting the postponement of the previous night’s Premier League game at home to Manchester City .
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