Premier League fixtures to mark Queen’s death with 70th minute applause


Premier League WILL play the national anthem before matches this weekend… while a minute’s applause on the 70th minute will also be held to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s reign

  • Clubs will play the national anthem ahead of kick-off in this weekend’s games
  • UEFA have banned British clubs in Europe from playing God Save the King
  • Managers will be encouraged to wear suits on the touchline for fixtures 
  • Minute’s applause on the 70th minute to mark all the years of the Queen’s reign 

Premier League clubs will play the national anthem ahead of kick-off in matches due to be held this weekend to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s passing.

All fixtures across the pyramid were postponed last weekend as a mark of respect following the monarch’s passing on Thursday, with the Football League getting back underway this week.

The Premier League is due to resume this weekend and officials confirmed in a statement on Wednesday that the national anthem will be played following the planned minute’s silence at each game.

In addition to God Save the King being played for the first time across Premier League grounds, managers will also be encouraged to wear suits on the touchline, while a minute’s applause will ring out across the country on the 70th minute to mark all the years of the Queen’s reign.

UEFA had rejected requests from Chelsea, Manchester City and Rangers to play God Save the King before their respective Champions League fixtures this week.

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It is expected Rangers will defy the European governing body in their match against Napoli on Wednesday evening. 

Under plans approved by the Premier League, screens will display tribute images to Her Majesty – who died at the age of 96 on Thursday – and flags at grounds will be flying at half-mast.

The Premier League will resume this weekend – but not at Stamford Bridge (pictured) due to police shortages 

Clubs will hold a minute's silence before their games and the National Anthem will be played

Clubs will hold a minute’s silence before their games and the National Anthem will be played

‘All Premier League matches between Friday 16 and Sunday 18 September will provide an opportunity for the League, clubs and fans to come together to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation and world,’ the Premier League said in a statement.

‘Players and match officials will wear black armbands as a mark of respect and, together with managers, will gather at the centre circle before kick-off.

‘Fans will be asked to join a minute’s silence, which will be followed by the national anthem, God Save The King.

‘Big screens and LED perimeter boards will display tribute images to Her Majesty and flags at the grounds will be flying at half-mast.

Teams across the Football League paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday night

Teams across the Football League paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday night

‘When the clock turns to 70 minutes, fans will be invited to applaud The Queen’s 70-year reign.’

England’s top division will get back underway after a weekend’s break this Friday, although three games have been called off.

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Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea and Leeds’ visit to Manchester United have been postponed owing to police shortages with the arrangements for the Queen’s funeral, due to be held on Monday, requiring enormous police resources. 

Brighton’s home clash with Crystal Palace had already been postponed owing to rail strikes. 

Many clubs now face a fixture pile up owing to the postponements with the World Cup’s unusual scheduling in November already causing major disruption to the calendar. 

Police shortages mean Chelsea-Liverpool and Manchester United-Leeds have been postponed

Police shortages mean Chelsea-Liverpool and Manchester United-Leeds have been postponed

The Premier League has been criticised in some quarters for its decision to postpone games last weekend while other sports, such as cricket and rugby, pressed on with their events after a day’s break on the Friday. 

Horse racing took a two-day break before resuming at Doncaster, among other venues, on Sunday. 

The Football League and National League resumed earlier this week with a packed programme of fixtures across the country. 

Liverpool (right) and Ajax players stand for a minute of silence prior to their European clash

Liverpool (right) and Ajax players stand for a minute of silence prior to their European clash

Wrexham, who play in the National League, have drawn criticism after some supporters were heard to be jeering during the minute’s silence at the Racecourse Ground. 

A Preston North End fan has been banned for life for comments he made about the Queen and the Royal Family, which the club said ‘crossed the boundary of acceptability’.

Liverpool hosted Ajax at Anfield Tuesday night with the moment’s silence passing relatively incident-free, barring a few jeers from supporters who were immediately shushed down by others inside the ground. 

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There were also a few shouts from fans during the silence held before Sporting Lisbon’s home Champions League match against Tottenham.

EFL clubs staged a variety of tributes before and during their games on Tuesday night. 

PREMIER LEAGUE STATEMENT 

All Premier League matches between Friday 16 and Sunday 18 September will provide an opportunity for the League, clubs and fans to come together to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation and world.

Players and match officials will wear black armbands as a mark of respect and, together with managers, will gather at the centre circle before kick-off.

Fans will be asked to join a minute’s silence, which will be followed by the National Anthem, God Save The King.

Big screens and LED perimeter boards will display tribute images to Her Majesty and flags at the grounds will be flying at half-mast.

When the clock turns to 70 minutes, fans will be invited to applaud The Queen’s 70-year reign.

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