Sports bodies are in discussions about plans for next Saturday’s matches following confirmation that Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at Windsor Castle that afternoon.
A minute of national silence will be observed as the ceremonial royal funeral begins at 3pm. The funeral will take place on a busy sports weekend with the FA Cup semi-finals, a full Soccer League schedule, the Women’s Six Nations and the opening day of the World Snooker Championship between calendar events.
The Football League has announced that matches scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. will be reorganized. An EFL spokesperson said: “Out of respect, the EFL games scheduled for 3pm on Saturday April 17 will be moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The EFL will now work with its clubs to determine what time the games will be played, taking into account the time of service. There will be an announcement in due course. “
The England and Wales Football Association, Premier League and Cricket Board are in discussions with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport regarding the arrangements, while the Women’s Six Nations await guidance, according to it is understood. In the Premier League, Wolves will host Sheffield United at 3pm, following the lunchtime game between Newcastle and West Ham.
The FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City kicks off at 5.30pm at Wembley. The advice published by the government says: “The decision as to whether the sporting matches go ahead is at the discretion of the organizers. Organizers may consider wearing black armbands and keeping quiet before games are played. “
Premiership Rugby matches will be reorganized to avoid a clash, a decision that will affect the 2:00 PM kick-off between Newcastle and Bristol and the 3:00 PM game between Harlequins and Worcester. A Premiership Rugby spokesperson said: “Out of respect for His Royal Highness Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, Premiership Rugby can confirm that all Gallagher Premiership Rugby matches scheduled to be played between 15:00 and 16:00 on Saturday April 17 they will move to avoid a Shock with his funeral. We have already started discussing the logistical details with our clubs and broadcasters and will make an announcement as soon as possible. “
In Scotland, Rangers will host Celtic at 4pm, one of six scheduled fourth-round ties in the Scottish Cup. A statement from the Scottish Football Association read: “In light of the confirmation that the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip will take place next Saturday at 3pm, we have entered into a dialogue with relevant stakeholders with regarding the Scottish Cup fourth round matches scheduled for that day. We will update participating clubs, supporters and members in due course. “
The British Horse Racing Authority will also hold discussions on its own plans. The biggest race next weekend is the Scottish Grand National in Ayr, which starts at 3.35pm. On Saturday, tributes were paid at sports fields across the country following the announcement of Buckingham Palace a day before the duke had died at the age of 99.
The athletes were silent for two minutes before the matches and wore black armbands. The Football Association announced that the flags at Wembley and St George’s Park will be flown at half mast. EFL President Rick Parry said of the Duke: “As a sponsor of more than 800 organizations, his great respect for the advancement of sport and the well-being of young people was unequivocal, and his loss will certainly be felt not only here in the UK but all over the world. world.”
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