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3pm games to be moved to avoid clash with Prince Philip's funeral

Premier League and Football League matches will be moved to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral.

The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday aged 99 and his funeral is due to take place on Saturday at 3pm, marked with a national minute’s silence.

The Football League announced that all matches in the Championship, League One and League Two scheduled to kick-off at 3pm would now be rearranged.

Football League clubs are pushing for next Saturday's 3pm fixtures to be played on Friday night so not to clash with Prince Philip's funeral

All 3pm EFL fixtures next Saturday will be moved to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral

The Mail on Sunday understands that the Premier League will also look to move its 3pm kick-off, which was due to be Wolves against Sheffield United. 

Premier League chiefs are due to liaise with the clubs and Government this week to finalise whether the match will be played at a different time on Saturday or move to another day.

Other sports are also expected to follow suit, with Premiership Rugby also announcing that all of their matches scheduled to be played between 3pm and 4pm on Saturday will be rearranged.

The FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Man City is due to be held on Saturday at 5.30pm and an update is expected on Monday.

A statement from the EFL said: ‚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 EFL statement said the move is a mark of respect after the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh

An EFL statement said the move is a mark of respect after the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh

‚An announcement will follow in due course.‘ 

There were 32 games across the Championship, League One and League Two that were set to get underway at 3pm on the day.

The royal ceremonial funeral will be held in St George’s Chapel with only 30 people attending to adhere to coronavirus restrictions.

Official royal mourning will then last for two weeks.

A two minute's silence has been held at every Premier League and EFL fixture this weekend

A two minute’s silence has been held at every Premier League and EFL fixture this weekend

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be in attendance, however, to allow for the presence of more family members, Togel Online No 10 said on Saturday night.

Buckingham Palace said that the public elements of the funeral have been cancelled and that it will take place entirely in the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

Philip died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, two months before turning 100, and the Queen and the royal family are ‚mourning his loss‘. 

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