9th September, 2022
All football fixtures in Northern Ireland have been postponed this weekend following the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Irish Football Association (FA) said in a statement on Friday.
“As a mark of respect following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, this weekend’s fixtures across all affiliated football in Northern Ireland, and all other organised football activity, at all levels, have been postponed,” an Irish FA statement read.
The queen, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died peacefully on Thursday at her home in Scotland aged 96.
The British government officially declared the start of a period of national mourning for Queen Elizabeth on Friday, publishing “national mourning guidance”.
The document carried guidance on flying flags, information on travel, and other business and public services.
It stated that the mourning would continue until the end of the day of the state funeral.
The government said there was no obligation to cancel or postpone events and sports fixtures, or close entertainment venues during this time.
It added that this it was at the discretion of individual organisations.
All sports events scheduled for Friday have already been postponed, including the third cricket test between England and South Africa in London and the BMW PGA Championship golf tournament at Wentworth.
The British Horseracing Authority also suspended all events for two days.