The sport faces decisions over the weekend’s action following the death of Queen aged 96

A number of planned sporting events have been postponed following the death of Her Majesty The Queen and further decisions regarding the weekend’s games are due to be made on Friday.

The death of Elizabeth II, 96, who was the nation’s longest-reigning monarch and served as head of state for more than 70 years, was announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Sports stars and governing bodies paid tribute to the Queen and organizers are now considering the most appropriate and respectful course of action regarding the weekend’s competitions.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that Friday’s men’s third Test match between England and South Africa at The Oval will not go ahead.

The English Football League has postponed two games scheduled for Friday – Burnley against Norwich in the Championship and Tranmere against Stockport in the Second Division.

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.”

Decisions on further postponements in the sporting calendar are to be made after reviewing official mourning guidelines, which are due to be issued by the Cabinet Office in the coming hours.

However, it is understood that the decision on how to proceed is left to the organizers of sporting events and postponements are not mandatory.

A meeting with representatives of the sports associations and the government is planned for Friday morning.

The PA news agency understands there will be no Premier League announcement on Thursday night about this weekend’s games, with an update expected after Friday morning’s meeting with the government.

Newcastle, who were due to hold a pre-game press conference at 9am on Friday, have postponed it to 1.30pm.

The Scottish Professional Football League, meanwhile, said Friday’s championship clash between Dundee and Cove Rangers had been postponed out of respect.

The Tour of Britain, which was due to finish in the Isle of Wight on Sunday, has been canceled and Friday’s Great North 5K has gone in the same direction, while the Scottish Rugby Union this weekend announced the suspension of all domestic competitions in its jurisdiction.

Manchester United’s Europa League home game against Real Sociedad took place on Thursday evening. The club said in a statement: “Upon instructions from the FA and UEFA, tonight’s UEFA Europa League match against Real Sociedad will take place at Old Trafford as scheduled.

Manchester United players take part in a minute’s silence before their Europa League game against Real Sociedad (Martin Rickett/PA)

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“A minute’s silence will be observed before kick-off to allow the teams, match officials and everyone present to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen. Both teams will wear black armbands and the Old Trafford flags will be flown at half-staff as a sign of our utmost respect.”

The noisy fans fell silent and the anti-glazer chants from United supporters ceased before kick-off as Old Trafford observed a minute’s silence in memory of Her Majesty.

There was no pre-game music and the digital billboards were turned off after the news trickled in as the turnstiles opened to the ground. Both pairs of players wore black armbands, with United manager Erik ten Hag wearing one over his suit.

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 International Rugby League (IRL) paid tribute to The Queen as Patron of Rugby Football League until 2016, with IRL chairman Troy Grant saying in a statement the game was “grateful for her support over many years”.

Rafael Nadal became the latest great athlete to pay his respects, writing on Twitter that he offered his “most respectful, sincere and deepest condolences” to the grieving royal family. The sport faces decisions over the weekend’s action following the death of Queen aged 96

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