EFL postpone all 3pm fixtures next Saturday to pay respect to Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, during his funeral
The EFL have postponed all 3pm fixtures next Saturday to pay respect to Prince Philip during his funeral.
talkSPORT understands that discussions are ongoing regarding the Premier League fixtures, with a decision set to be made by Monday.
Buckingham Palace has announced that the Duke of Edinburgh’s ceremonial royal funeral will take place on April 17 in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The Palace announced that Philip died peacefully in his sleep at Windsor Castle on Friday, leaving the Queen and the royal family ‘mourning his loss’.
His death triggered a flood of tributes from across the globe – with world leaders, foreign royal families and charities hailing his life and legacy.
Philip’s funeral is expected to take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, but the ongoing Covid-19 lockdown in England will impact plans.
Under the current rules, services can only be attended by a maximum of 30 people.
The EFL wrote: “As a mark of respect, EFL matches scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 17 April will be moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”
On Saturday, players wore black armbands and a two-minute silence was held before top-flight and EFL matches this weekend in tribute to Prince Philip.
In a statement on Friday, the Premier League said it was ‘deeply saddened’ to hear of his passing.
“Our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and all those around the world mourning the loss of His Royal Highness.
“As a mark of respect, players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all Premier League matches played tonight and across the weekend.”