Will Man Utd and Man City Premier League fixtures be cancelled following death of the Queen?

Both Manchester clubs are due to play in the Premier League this weekend.

<p>Manchester United’s Europa League game is going ahead as scheduled on Thursday Credit: Getty</p>

Manchester United’s Europa League game is going ahead as scheduled on Thursday Credit: Getty

Queen Elizabeth II has passed away at Balmoral today, it has been confirmed.

The monarch died at the age of 96, hours after it was reported doctors were concerned about her health.

Flags will be flown at halfmast and the new King Charles II will return to Buckingham Palace from Scotland tomorrow.

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There are many protocols in place following the death of a monarch and the announcement is traditionally followed by a period of mourning which has typically been up to 12-13 days in the past.

Queen Elizabeth II (Photo by Jane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Will football fixtures be cancelled when the Queen dies?

The passing of the Queen would start a period of mourning across the United Kingdom, as detailed in a document called “Operation London Bridge”.

As part of that plan, which is set out for the nine days following the monarch’s death, sports fixtures would indeed be postponed.

The Premier League is yet to make an official statement on the postponement of matches or rescheduling of fixtures.

Manchester United’s Europa League game against Real Sociedad has been confirmed as going ahead at Old Trafford tonight. However, the Red Devils are due back in Premier League action away against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, while Manchester City are due to play Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

No updates have been formally issued on those games as yet.

What was cancelled in the wake of Princess Diana’s death?

From a footballing perspective, a Premier League match between Liverpool and Newcastle United that was due to take place later in the day was called off.

Likewise, all Football League matches that were scheduled to take place on Saturday 6 September were either moved to the previous Friday or the following Sunday as the nation observed the day of Diana’s funeral. There were no Premier League matches scheduled due to international fixtures.

Ten days after Princess Diana’s death, the England national team went ahead with a World Cup qualification fixture against Moldova, with both sides wearing black ribbons as a mark of respect. A minute’s silence was also held prior to kick-off.

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