Premier League announce programme of Queen Elizabeth II tributes

After the last round of matches was postponed in the wake of her death, the majority of games are going ahead in the weekend before the monarch’s funeral – pending the availability of proper policing.

A statement announced: “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.”

Managers will join their players and the match officials in the centre circle ahead of kick-off, with a minute’s silence to be held before the national anthem.

Players are set to wear black armbands with flags outside stadiums to be flown at half-mast, alongside tributes to the Queen on screens inside grounds during the silence.

Fans have also been invited to applaud the Queen’s 70-year reign with a minute’s applause when the clock reaches 70 minutes.

In a break from the league’s typical pre-game protocol, the referee will not collect the ball from a plinth at the end of the tunnel and there will be no playing of the Premier League anthem. Furthermore, the pre-match handshake will also not take place.

Three Premier League games have been postponed this weekend due to a lack of police numbers for Manchester United versus Leeds, Cheslea versus Liverpool and Brighton versus Crystal Palace.

The Queen’s funeral will take place on Monday, with no matches scheduled for that day.

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