Nfter the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, numerous sports organizers reacted and suspended or canceled planned competitions. Among other things, a golf tournament, horse racing and rugby games are affected, as well as at least the lower division football games Burnley against Norwich City and Tranmere Rovers against Stockport County scheduled for Friday. The organizers of the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth suspended the tournament after the death became known on Thursday and want to leave the golf course closed on Friday.
The English Football League, which is responsible for the second, third and fourth divisions of English football, wants to make a decision for the weekend on Friday morning. The ELF announced that this should be done in coordination with other sports.
It was not clear from the published message of condolence whether the Premier League football games scheduled for the coming days would also be cancelled. The Europa League game between Manchester United and Real Sociedad San Sebastian took place on Thursday evening. There was a minute’s silence before the start of the game, and United also wore black armbands. The Conference League game between West Ham United and FCSB Bucharest (3:1) also took place.
According to the US news agency AP, horse races were canceled on Thursday and the competitions planned for Friday were canceled. National rugby games are not to take place at the weekend, the organizers of the Tour of Britain have canceled the Friday stage of the cycling tour. All justified their decision with respect for Queen Elizabeth II.