Which sporting events have been affected following the death of The Queen?

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Sport’s governing bodies continue to review their fixture schedules following the announcement that The Queen’s funeral will take place on September 19.

Here, the PA news agency looks at matches and events which have been affected by Her Majesty’s death.


Premier League football will resume next weekend with seven top-flight matches scheduled to take place.

The matches between Chelsea and Liverpool, and Manchester United and Leeds have been postponed due to logistical considerations related to The Queen’s funeral. Brighton’s match against Crystal Palace – already postponed due to a planned rail strike – remains off.

Two Sunday matches, between Brentford and Arsenal, and Everton and West Ham have had their kick-off times moved back to noon and 2.15pm respectively.

Arsenal’s Europa League game against PSV on Thursday has been postponed due to the stretch it would put on police resources, but Chelsea’s match against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday will proceed, as will the midweek EFL programme.

Rangers’ Champions League clash with Napoli has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday, also due to policing issues.

Away fans will not be permitted at either leg as UEFA urged supporters “not to travel and to respect this extraordinary situation”.


Cricket resumed at the Oval on Saturday in the final Test between England and South Africa after Friday’s play was called off, while the women’s T20 between England and India also went ahead on Saturday.

The PA news agency understands all cricket will go ahead next week and next weekend.

Rugby Union

The PA news agency understands all six of next weekend’s Gallagher Premiership matches will go ahead. Senior rugby in Wales will resume, after it was cancelled last weekend. The Scottish Rugby Union postponed all domestic competitive games last weekend, but it is also expected to resume next weekend.

Rugby League

The upcoming Betfred Super League play-off semi-finals will go ahead as planned. Wigan will play Leeds at the DW Stadium on Friday, September 16 and St Helens will face Salford at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Saturday, September 17.

A Super League statement added: “As a mark of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Betfred Super League Awards, which was scheduled to take place at Headingley Stadium on the evening of Monday September 19 will now take place at the same venue on Tuesday September 20.”

The RFL postponed last Friday’s Betfred Championship fixture between Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury Rams, while an elimination play-off match scheduled for the day of The Queen’s funeral will be rearranged.


The PA news agency understands that the Italian Open – scheduled for September 15 to 18 – will be going ahead.

Play at the BMW PGA Championship restarted as a 54-hole event on Saturday morning, having been suspended on Thursday and cancelled on Friday.

Formula One

There is no Formula One racing on the calendar for next weekend, with the now-cancelled Russian GP originally scheduled for September 25.

Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix featured a minute’s silence before the race.

Horse racing

British horse racing is cancelled on the day of The Queen’s funeral, now a bank holiday, with meetings at Hamilton Park, Leicester, Warwick and Wolverhampton previously scheduled for that day.

A statement from the British Horseracing Authority read: “Racing will take place as scheduled throughout the remainder of the intervening period.”

The final day of the Cazoo St Leger Festival at Doncaster on Saturday was switched to Sunday.

Racing at Southwell and Chelmsford on Thursday evening was abandoned. The BHA also announced the meetings scheduled for Friday – including the third day of the St Leger meeting at Doncaster – were cancelled.


Both the Great North Run and Parkrun events continued this weekend as scheduled. Organisers cancelled the Great North Run’s 5k sister event on Friday but Sunday’s half marathon went ahead.


British Cycling promised to “provide further information on the implications for events and activities due to take place on (the day of the funeral) once those details have been published”.

All riders representing the Great Britain cycling team during the national mourning period will wear black armbands – something British Cycling advised organisers of events proceeding this week to do in keeping with Royal Household guidance, alongside gestures including holding a period of silence or playing the national anthem before events.

Friday’s Tour of Britain stage was cancelled and later on Thursday evening, the rest of the tour, which was set to finish on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, was called off entirely.


The women’s world middleweight title fight between Savannah Marshall and Claressa Shields on Saturday night was postponed after the British Boxing Board of Control cancelled all the weekend’s bouts as a mark of respect.

BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom confirmed a provisional date of Saturday, October 15 was being worked on for the fight.


Next week’s Davis Cup Finals tennis tournament in Glasgow will go ahead, the Lawn Tennis Association has confirmed.

The group stage event featuring Great Britain, the United States, the Netherlands and Kazakhstan is taking place at the Emirates Arena from September 13 to 18.

There will be a minute’s silence at the start of each day’s play, the national anthem will be played and the British team will wear black armbands or ribbons.