EFL statement on matches as Leeds United await news of Nottingham Forest clash after Queen’s death

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on Thursday afternoon at Balmoral and Leeds United, the Premier League and the EFL all paid tribute in statements.

The EFL then issued a statement announcing that Friday’s games of Burnley against Norwich City and also Tranmere Rovers against Stockport County had been postponed as a mark of respect.

The statement added that “a decision regarding the remainder of the fixtures scheduled for this weekend will be made after a review of official bereavement guidelines, in addition to further consultation with DCMS and other sports on Friday morning.”

The country is now entering a ten-day period of mourning following the death of Her Majesty at the age of 96.

The PA news agency reports that there will be no further announcements from the Premier League on Thursday evening regarding this weekend’s fixtures.

A meeting of the governing bodies of various sports has reportedly been scheduled for Friday morning, where officials from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will set out government guidelines on the official period of mourning.

RESPECTS: Paid to Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images.

It is understood that sporting event organizers will be left to their own judgment regarding the staging of events over the coming days.

A previous meeting organized by sports governing bodies took place on Thursday afternoon.

Leeds are also set to face arch-rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford next Sunday in what would be the tenth day of mourning.

Thereafter, Los Blancos are not to return to action until Aston Villa travel to Elland Road for the Premier League clash on Sunday October 3 after the international break.


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Edward L. Robinett