Premier League and EFL matches will be rescheduled from 3pm next Saturday to avoid clash with Prince Philip’s funeral
Premier League and Football League matches will be rescheduled to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral.
The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday at the age of 99 and his funeral will take place at 3pm on Saturday, marked by a national minute of silence.
The Football League has announced that all games in the Championship, League One and League Two that start at 3 p.m. will now be rearranged.
All EFL matches at 3 p.m. next Saturday will be rescheduled to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral
The Mail on Sundays understands that the Premier League will also try to move the 3pm kick-off that would be Wolves against Sheffield United.
Premier League leaders will be liaising with clubs and the government this week to determine whether the game will be played at a different time on Saturday or moved to another day.
Other sports are also expected to follow, with Premiership Rugby also announcing that all their matches played on Saturdays between 3pm and 4pm will be rescheduled.
The FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Man City will be held at 5.30pm on Saturday and an update is expected on Monday.
A statement from the EFL said: “As a sign of respect, EFL matches scheduled for 3pm on Saturday, April 17, will be rescheduled to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The EFL will now work with its clubs to determine what time the matches will be played, taking into account the timing of the service.
An EFL statement said the move is a mark of respect following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh
“An announcement will follow in due course.”
There were 32 games in the Championship, League One and League Two that would start at 3pm that day.
The royal ceremonial funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel and only 30 people will be on hand to adhere to the restrictions of the coronavirus.
The official royal mourning will then last for two weeks.
There has been a two-minute silence at every Premier League and EFL game this weekend
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be present to allow the presence of more family members, No. 10 said on Saturday night.
Buckingham Palace said the funeral’s public elements have been canceled and it will take place entirely on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Philip died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, two months before he turned 100, and the queen and the royal family “mourn his loss.”