Organizers of the weekend’s sporting events must decide whether to shift their schedules following the death of Her Majesty the Queen.
Decisions on whether to proceed will be made after reviewing official bereavement guidelines to be issued by the Cabinet Office.
However, the PA news agency understands it is up to individual organizations how they wish to proceed and that postponements are not mandatory.
A meeting with representatives of the sports associations and the government is planned for Friday morning.
However, a number of sporting events scheduled for Friday have already been postponed following the death of Elizabeth II, 96, who was the nation’s longest-reigning monarch after more than 70 years as head of state.
The Cricket Board of England and Wales announced the men’s third Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval would not take place, while the English Football League had postponed two games: Burnley v Norwich in the Championship and Tranmere v Stockport in the second division.
Stage six of the Tour of Britain was initially canceled before organizers later made the decision to cancel the remaining final two stages and use Thursday’s rankings as the final classification.
Friday’s Great North 5K will not take place, while the Scottish Rugby Union announced the suspension of all domestic competitions in its jurisdiction this weekend.
Friday’s Betfred Championship rugby league game between Sheffield Eagles and Dewsbury Rams has been postponed but the Super League Elimination Play-Off, to be played in Perpignan, will take place with the Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos players wearing black armbands.
The SPFL’s Cinch Championship competition between Dundee and Cove Rangers on Friday has been postponed, with an update on Saturday’s games scheduled for later in the day.
Play was suspended on the first day of PGA Championship Golf at Wentworth amid news of the Queen’s death and the European Tour confirmed there would be no play on Friday.
“Out of respect for Her Majesty and the Royal Family, play at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club has been suspended for the remainder of Thursday and flags at Wentworth Club will be lowered to half-staff,” the tour said in a statement.
“In addition, there will be no games at the BMW PGA Championship on Friday and the golf course and practice facilities will be closed.
“Further updates on the resumption of play will be announced in due course.”
Manchester United’s Europa League home game against Real Sociedad took place on Thursday – as did Arsenal’s in Zurich – after the FA and UEFA received the instructions. A minute’s silence was observed before kick-off, teams wore black armbands and flags flew at half-staff.
West Ham and Hearts, both at home, also played their Europa Conference League games with similar marks of respect.
However, neither England team held a press conference after their games.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/england-scottish-rugby-union-cabinet-the-oval-her-majesty-b2163415.html Organizers of weekend sporting events decide schedules after Queen’s death