The Premier League has released an official statement announcing the postponement of all matches scheduled to be played this weekend. The news was expected following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday.
Premier League clubs and representatives held conversations earlier this morning, deciding upon the government's decision to leave the final conclusion open to sports organizations on whether to go ahead or postpone games over the weekend. As a mark of respect, the Premier League decided to postpone all games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, along with Monday evening’s game between Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.
Richard Masters, Premier League Chief Executive backed the decision by stating that “we and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.“ He added that “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.”
Updates on the rescheduling of the games will follow in the next few hours or days, although the Premier League has not set any date in advance of the release of that information.
Newcastle United will therefore bypass their trip to London this weekend to face West Ham and instead the Magpies will start training to face Bournemouth at St James’ Park on Sep. 17th if no more match rounds are postponed. With all European competitions having games scheduled for next midweek, there is no possibility of a plain delay of the weekend’s games so the matches pertaining to MD7 will need to be re-scheduled for a further date in the schedule—possibly after Christmas and into the 2023 calendar year.
We’ll provide more updates as news drops from the official Premier League accounts on their different channels, if/when available.