Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-serving monarch, has died aged 96.
A period of mourning is underway at an unprecedented time for the country.
It could also impact professional sports, which should be a busy, action-packed weekend.
There is no mandate to cancel sporting events and it is up to individual sports to decide whether it is appropriate to continue with their schedules.
The England cricket team’s test match against South Africa at the Oval on Friday has been canceled while EFL football matches scheduled for the same day have been postponed.
Here are the major sporting events happening this weekend and how they could be affected by the Queen’s death.
Thursday night saw Manchester United take on Real Sociedad at Old Trafford. Before kick-off there was a minute’s silence and the players wore black armbands.
West Ham also played FCSB in their scheduled Europa Conference League match, with players wearing armbands and a minute’s silence observed before kick-off.
Arsenal and FC Zurich observed a minute’s silence at half-time to respect the Queen’s passing game, with players wearing armbands in the second half.
Nine Premier League games were scheduled over the weekend, starting with the west London derby between Fulham and Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.
Friday’s EFL games, Burnley v Norwich City and Tranmere Rovers v Stockport County, have been canceled and the decision on the remainder of the weekend’s games is due to be announced on Friday.
With the Qatar World Cup scheduled for November, there are few, if any, free slots in the season for games to be rescheduled if the Premier League is canceled this weekend.
The opening weekend of the Women’s Super League was also scheduled to take place this weekend, as were Football League games across England.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also had games scheduled for this weekend.
European games are scheduled next week, with Liverpool, Rangers, Chelsea and Manchester City hosting Champions League games on Tuesday and Wednesday. Arsenal will then host a Europa League game on Thursday.
England’s last friendly of the summer began on Thursday at the Oval against South Africa. Friday’s game, along with all scheduled Rachel Heyhoe Flint Trophy games, will not go ahead, the England and Wales Cricket Board has said.
The opening weekend of the Premiership season should take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Northampton announced the postponement of their Premiership Rugby Cup clash against Saracens which is scheduled for Thursday night.
The Italian Grand Prix in Monza should still take place as planned.
The US Open men’s and women’s singles finals will be held in New York on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
The tournament will pay tribute to the Queen with a minute’s silence and photomontage ahead of the first women’s semi-final on Thursday night.
The PGA Championship got underway at Wentworth on Thursday, but play was suspended after the news broke for the remainder of the first round as all Championship Village facilities were closed with immediate effect.
Additionally, play, confirmed by the DP World Tour, would not resume on Friday either as course and practice facilities remain closed.
The Queen had a passion for horse racing and while no major meetings are scheduled this weekend, other events were scheduled at courses around the country.
Racing at Southwell and Chelmsford were immediately suspended following Palace’s announcement on Thursday.
The undisputed title fight between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall was scheduled to take place at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night.
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The Tour of Britain was due to finish on the Dorset coast and Isle of Man this weekend but Friday’s stage six in Gloucestershire between Tewkesbury and Gloucester will not take place, with updates on stages seven and eight to follow.
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