FA recommend no fixtures on Saturday between 2.45 PM and 4.15 PM
We have received the following statement from the FA:
The FA has consulted with Her Majesty’s Government in relation to the funeral arrangements of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and sporting fixtures on Saturday 17 April 2021.
As a mark of respect, The FA will be recommending that no football fixtures take place between 14:45 and 16:15, a minute’s silence is observed before matches are played and black armbands are worn. All flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will also fly at half-mast.
The Emirates FA Cup Semi Final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium will be played as scheduled at 17:30 and the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Fourth Round fixture between Manchester City Women and Aston Villa Women will be brought forward to 12:00 in agreement with both clubs.
Fixtures scheduled for 15:00 in the Buildbase FA Vase Fourth Round Proper will also be moved and we have asked participating clubs to agree a suitable revised kick off time outside of 14:45 and 16:15. Should clubs not be able to mutually agree on a new kick off time, this shall be determined by The FA.
The FA’s thoughts continue to be with Her Majesty the Queen, our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and the wider royal family during this difficult time.
The Southern Counties East League would like to send its deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Although we do not have any games taking place under our jurisdiction this weekend the FA have forwarded us this message;
Following the sad passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, The FA has sought guidance from the Royal Household and Her Majesty’s Government.
“We can confirm all football fixtures this evening and over the weekend [10-11 April 2021] can continue at the discretion of competition organisers. The FA will be recommending that black armbands are worn and a minute’s silence is observed before matches are played, including tonight’s England women’s international fixture in France.
“As a mark of respect, all flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will fly at half-mast and the Wembley arch will also be lit.”
We are aware that some member Clubs will be playing in a mixture of League, supplementary competition and friendly fixtures and would appreciate it if you forward this email to your member Clubs.