Premier League fixtures postponed as football mourns Queen’s death

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Premier League fixtures have been postponed following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II as the nation mourns the iconic monarch who died at the age of 96 this week.

All matches due to take place in the top level of the men's English football league system this weekend have been postponed to be rescheduled at a later date.

Fixtures in the EFL and Women's Super League have also been cancelled for this weekend.

Richard Masters, Premier League chief executive, said: “We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country.

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"As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication.

"This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing.”

The Queen, who was born in 1926 and coronated in 1953 after ascending to the throne the previous year at the age of 25, passed away at Balmoral with her close family nearby.

Saturday was set to host Fulham vs Chelsea, Southampton vs Brentford, Bournemouth vs Brighton, Liverpool vs Wolves, Leicester vs Aston Villa and Manchester City vs Tottenham.

With Arsenal vs Everton, West Ham vs Newcastle and Crystal Palace vs Manchester United now moved from Sunday with Leeds vs Nottingham Forest also pushed from Monday.

The Queen played a part in many notable footballing moments during her 70-year reign, handing over the trophy at numerous FA Cup finals as well as the 1966 World Cup showpiece.

Images of Her Majesty presenting the Jules Rimet Trophy to then-England captain Bobby Moore quickly became iconic, and she recently praised the current crop of players.

The Queen paid tribute to Gareth Southgate and his team after they reached the final of Euro 2020, hailing their "spirit, commitment and pride" while looking back on the 1966 team.

She said: "Fifty-five years ago I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.

"I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships.

"And also send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves."


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