Changes to BT Sport weekend schedule as events postponed after Queen's death
No football will be played in England this weekend after the Premier League, EFL and National League all confirmed fixture postponements.
There are a number of changes to BT Sport’s live schedule this weekend as various sporting bodies react to the Queen’s death.
The Premier League, EFL and National League have all cancelled their upcoming round of fixtures as a mark of respect, while the FA Women’s Super League will not start as scheduled and no grassroots football will be played.
However, European leagues will continue as normal, with BT Sport’s coverage of Ligue 1, Serie A and Portugal’s Primeira Liga unaffected.
Selected live events on BT Sport this weekend
Ligue 1: Lens v Troyes (Friday 7.45pm, BT Sport 2)
Gallagher Premiership: Exeter v Leicester (Saturday 2.30pm, BT Sport 2 & Ultimate)
Serie A: Inter v Torino (Saturday 7.30pm, BT Sport 1)
UFC 279 (Sunday 1am, BT Sport 1)
Cricket: Australia v New Zealand, 3rd ODI (Sunday 5.15am, BT Sport 2)
Gallagher Premiership: Gloucester v Wasps (Sunday 2pm, BT Sport 1 & Ultimate)
“We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters.
“As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication.
“This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing.”
Elsewhere, Premiership Rugby confirmed that both of Friday night’s season-opening Gallagher Premiership fixtures have been postponed.
Bristol Bears v Bath Rugby will now be played at 5.30pm on Saturday, while a decision will be taken on the clash between Sale and Northampton Saints in due course.
BT Sport will still be showing Exeter Chiefs v Leicester Tigers (Saturday, 2.30pm) and Gloucester v Wasps (Sunday, 2pm) as planned.
“Premiership Rugby is united in paying tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her inspirational life of service and her unparalleled contribution to the United Kingdom,” read a statement.
“The other matches scheduled for Saturday and Sunday will go ahead as scheduled, with Premiership clubs joining with supporters in recognising Queen Elizabeth’s life and service.”
The governing body also confirmed there will be a minute’s silence observed ahead of all Gallagher Premiership matches, while players and coaches will be invited to wear black armbands.
Other high-profile events scheduled for live coverage on BT Sport this weekend, such as UFC 279 and the third one-day international between Australia and New Zealand, are set to go ahead as normal.
A full rundown of the live sport set to air on BT Sport this weekend is available here.