• April 19, 2024

Prince Philip: EFL, Premiership Rugby and horse racing schedules moved to avoid clash with funeral

There was a two-minute silence before all of this weekend’s games in the EFL, and players wore black armbands to mark the death of Prince Philip

The EFL, Premiership Rugby and British Horseracing have adjusted their schedules on Saturday “as a token of respect” to avoid clashes with Prince Philip’s funeral.

The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday at the age of 99. His funeral will take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday, April 17th at 3:00 p.m. CET.

There is a national minute of silence at 3:00 p.m.

The Scottish Grand National in Ayr was relocated from April 17th to 18th.

The British Horseracing Authority has also postponed the Newbury Spring Trials to Sunday and announced that there will be no races on Saturday between 2:45 and 4:15 p.m.

Premiership Rugby changed the kick-off times for all four games on Saturday.

Sale v Gloucester and Exeter v Wasps’ home game both start at 12:30 pm, while Newcastle v Bristol together with Harlequins v Worcester start at 5 p.m.

Ireland is expected to play against France in the Six Women’s Nations at 2:15 p.m. The game is dubious because of Covid restrictions.

In the Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ home game against Sheffield United, which should start at 3pm CET, has been postponed – a new time will be confirmed later on Monday.

The English Football League has since announced that it “will now work with its clubs to determine when the games will be played”.

A total of 32 games in the championship, the first and the second division should start next Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

In cricket, the nine county championship games scheduled for Saturday will be suspended between 2:50 and 4:10 p.m.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has also asked all recreational cricket clubs to do the same.

In Scotland, six Scottish Cup fourth round games are scheduled at the time of the funeral, including Rangers v Celtic at 4:00 p.m.

The Scottish Football Association says it has “entered into a dialogue with relevant stakeholders” about these games.

The FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley will take place at 5:30 p.m.

According to UK Government guidance, “It is at the discretion of the organizers to decide whether sporting events will continue. Organizers may want to consider using black armbands and maintaining silence before games are played.”

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