Brentford FC Premiership match cancelled this weekend but Chiswick Rugby Club game goes ahead

Image above: Brentford fans; photograph Liz Vercoe

Brentford FC’s away match with Southampton postponed

This weekend’s Premier League and English Football League fixtures have been postponed as a mark of respect following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. That includes the match Brentford were due to have played against Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday.

The Premier League made the decision at a meeting this morning and made this statement:

‘To honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s game.

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.  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.”

Brentford FC put a statement on their own website on Thursday night saying:

‘Brentford FC join in the mourning across the world following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.’

Further updates regarding Premier League fixtures during the period of mourning will be provided in due course, the clubs say.

This follows the decisions by other sporting organisations to cancel fixtures as soon as the news of the Queen’s death was announced on Thursday night. Horse racing was cancelled immediately on Thursday. Friday’s cricket in the Test match between England and South Africa was called off, as was the second day of the PGA Championship golf.

According to BBC Sport, the government’s national mourning guidance states cancelling or postponing sports fixtures is not obligatory; it is “at the discretion of individual organisations”, including on the day of the state funeral.

Image above: Chiswick Rugby Club

Chiswick Rugby Club games and training sessions to go ahead

The RFU have taken the decision that rugby is a community event and should go ahead, so both Chiswick Rugby Club’s match against Hitchen at 3pm on Saturday and the Rugby League match between Civil Service Stags and Medway at 2pm will go ahead at their ground in Dukes Meadows, as will their training and children’s sessions over the weekend.

The RFU sent out a statement saying:

‘The overwhelming opinions shared so far within the game, are that teams and supporters want to come together to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to be united in our grief as we express sorrow at her passing.

‘Rugby, at its heart, is about community and bringing people together, in good times and in sad. Rugby clubs are a source of strength and support during times of uncertainty, and we hope that by enabling games and other rugby activity to go ahead this weekend, with families and friends congregating it will help us all to unite at this time of national mourning.

‘We strongly encourage all those playing sport this weekend to respectfully pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen by holding a minute’s silence ahead of all fixtures this weekend. This an opportunity for teams from different areas to join together in honouring and celebrating her life.’

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