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Sporting fixtures rescheduled to avoid clash with Prince Philip’s funeral

In the England women’s Six Nations game against Italy, the English flag was flown at half-mast and there was silence for two minutes, with England players and British officials wearing black armbands.

All clubs in Scotland’s four professional divisions observed a minute’s silence, with a minute’s silence before all Cymru Premier and Welsh Premier Women’s League matches, while the Northern Ireland Football League left a decision on honors to clubs.

Tributes were paid at Rugby League Challenge Cup matches, while British rowers wore black ribbons at the European Championships.

Buckingham Palace said the Duke of Edinburgh “passed peacefully asleep” at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.

Tributes were paid to him at a number of football games on Friday, including Fulham’s Premier League game against Wolves, England’s women’s friendly in France, Wales’s women’s friendly against Canada, as well as at the Aintree Race Meeting and during county cricket matches.

Sports stars and governing bodies also paid their respects.

Premier League under pressure to rearrange next Saturday’s game

By Jeremy Wilson

Next Saturday’s Premier League game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United will be rearranged to avoid a clash with the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

The English Football League and Premiership Rugby have also previously announced that next Saturday’s games will be postponed and two major horse races – the Scottish National and Dubai Duty Free Classic Trials – have also been postponed by a day to Sunday.

Talks were held on Monday between Wolves, Sheffield United, the Premier League, Sky Sports and the Government over a change to the 3pm kick-off, which coincides with a national minute’s silence at the start of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

Both teams have a week off both before and after the game, but with the game being broadcast live on Sky Sports they are also looking to find a window within the busy, broader live sports television schedule.

The UK Horse Racing Authority has also confirmed there will be no racing between 2.45am and 4.15am on Saturday, meaning the two main events will be postponed by a day.

There will be no ITV coverage of races on Saturday, but the main channel will broadcast both big meetings on Sunday between 12.55pm and 4am.

It also announced that meetings in Bangor and Thirsk are likely to start earlier, finishing before 2.45am, while evening meetings in Brighton and Nottingham, although subject to minor time adjustments, will go ahead pretty much as planned. The first day of Newbury and Ayr will take place on Friday as scheduled.

In Scotland at 4pm, Rangers host Celtic, one of six ties in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. A statement from the Scottish Football Association said: “Given the confirmation that HRH Prince Philip’s funeral will take place next Saturday at 3pm, we are in dialogue with the relevant stakeholders about the Scottish Cup fourth round matches scheduled for that day recorded. We will inform the participating clubs, fans and partners in due course.”

The government’s published advice says decisions about postponing sporting events should be taken “at the discretion of organisers” but they may consider black armbands and pre-match silence. Prince Philip, who died on Friday aged 99, was paid tribute throughout the sporting weekend.

A two-minute silence was observed ahead of Saturday’s Grand National, with jockeys wearing black armbands and flags flown at half-staff.

Before all Premier League and EFL matches there were periods of silence with players and officials wearing black armbands. Flags at Wembley and St George’s Park were also flown at half-mast.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/2021/04/11/sporting-fixtures-rescheduled-avoid-clash-prince-philips-funeral/ Sporting fixtures rescheduled to avoid clash with Prince Philip’s funeral

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