Premier League to pay tribute to queen at weekend games

Liverpool's players stand for a minute of silence for the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II prior to the start of the Champions League group A soccer match between Liverpool and Ajax at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

The Premier League will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II this weekend by having a minute’s silence before every game followed by the national anthem. 

The league said Wednesday that fans will also be invited to applaud at the 70-minute mark, in recognition of the queen’s 70-year reign. Players will wear black armbands and managers have been asked to consider wearing a suit. 

Last weekend’s games were all postponed following the queen’s death last Thursday at the age of 96. 

Seven games will be played this weekend. Chelsea-Liverpool and Manchester United-Leeds were both postponed because of limited police resources ahead of the queen’s state funeral on Monday. Brighton’s home game against Crystal Palace had already been postponed because of a planned rail strike, which has since been canceled. 

A period of silence was also observed before Liverpool’s Champions League game against Ajax on Tuesday. 

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