Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 on Friday and football paid its respects this weekend.

The English Football League has announced that next Saturday’s fixtures will not be played at the usual 3pm kick-off time.

The Prince’s funeral is being held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Saturday 17 April and a national minute’s silence will commence at 3pm.

Next Saturday, there were 32 EFL matches scheduled to get underway at the usual 3pm kick-off time, however, all of these fixtures will now be moved; a new kick-off time is yet to be decided on. 

The EFL stated: “As a mark of respect, EFL matches scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 17 April will be moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“The EFL will now work with its clubs to determine at what time the matches will be played, giving consideration to the timing of the service. An announcement will follow in due course.”

The statement continued with: “Our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and all those around the world mourning the loss of His Royal Highness.

“As a mark of respect, players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all Premier League matches played tonight and across the weekend.”

The Norwich City Bournemouth clash, in which Norwich can get promoted – provided they win, will be unaffected as it’s scheduled for an 8pm kick-off. 

At the moment, Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to play Sheffield United at 3pm in the Premier League, however, that game is also expected to have a new kick-off time.

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