Sports governing bodies are being advised that events MAY take place this weekend

SPORTING bodies have been advised by the Government in this morning’s meeting that events can take place this weekend provided they are staged in a memorable and respectful manner.

Julian Knight, Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Selection Committee, said: “This seems a sensible approach – that individual sports are left to the discretion of how they celebrate the passing of our remarkable Queen.

“Whether it’s silence, wearing black armbands, or singing the national anthem, or if there are wishes at this point that there might not be an event at all – that depends entirely on the individual sports.

“But the government seems relatively flexible and understanding.”

Official mourning guidelines released by the government this morning read: “There is no obligation to cancel or reschedule events and sporting events or to close entertainment venues during the national mourning period. This is at the discretion of each organization.

“As a mark of respect, organizations may wish to consider canceling or postponing events or closing venues on the day of the state funeral. You are not required to do so and this is entirely at the discretion of each organization.

“If sporting events or events are planned for the day of the state funeral, organizations may wish to adjust event times so that they do not conflict with the times of the funeral service and associated processions.

“As a mark of respect and in keeping with the tone of national mourning, organizers may wish to observe a period of silence and/or play the national anthem at the start of events or sporting events and players may wish to wear black armbands.”

An official announcement on whether or not the Premier League and EFL football matches will take place this weekend is expected shortly. Sports governing bodies are being advised that events MAY take place this weekend

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