Queen Elizabeth II has recently passed away at the age of 96. Along with her death, sports teams in the UK have decided to postpone their games as a mark of respect. For soccer, all the premier leagues announced that the matches that were supposed to happen on the following weekend of the queen’s death have been suspended. The middleweight fight between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshalls was also rescheduled. Britain cycling, Athletics, and Cricket were canceled. Horse racing, Rugby Union and Rugby league also had been held off. Besides the postponement of these games, some teams also paid their respect by holding a minute of silence.
The representation of Queen Elizabeth II’s image to the UK nation has brought leagues, athletes, and teams to express their grief words and honor their queen’s memory throughout their social platforms. Manchester United has promoted a video on their Twitter page, “In Memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.” The video shows a banner at the Old Trafford with the queen’s name, birth and death date, and a picture of her presenting the 1966 World Cup trophy to England captain Bobby Moore. Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese soccer player who currently plays for Manchester United, has also expressed his sorrow, “I pay my respect to her memory, and I mourn this irreplaceable loss with the country that I’ve learned to call home. My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family.” The impact of the queen’s death also touched other British clubs. Arsenal posted on their Twitter account, prior to their game against Brentford game this past Sunday, “We will wear black armbands today in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. There will also be a period of silence followed by the national anthem.” With black armbands, the Arsenal team expressed a feeling of grief and an image of respect.
“I’ve not been as proud of the UK as I have been today. We certainly can put on a show for the world. RIP Her Majesty x.” said the former English rugby player Rob Burrow, on his Twitter account, in light of the queen’s funeral. Many of his followers supported him as they commented, “Well said Rob” “Couldn’t agree more Rob”
Queen Elizabeth II carried a legacy in sports as she had an interest in horses and a tremendous connection with the world of soccer. Her memory will continue to live throughout the hearts of those who are as passionate and involved in sports as much as she used to be.