Bristol City’s midweek match with Norwich City will go ahead after the English Football League gave the green light for football to resume.
Football matches across Great Britain were postponed as a ‘mark of respect’ following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Governing bodies made the decision on Friday to cancel matches, despite the advice being that there was no obligation to by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
City’s home match with Preston North End was postponed, but fellow Bristol Sports team Bristol Bears played on and beat Bathin their opening Rugby Premiership match.
Football will resume this week, starting with the midweek schedule for matches in the EFL and other leagues, along with the continental UEFA Champions League fixtures.
The Robins are on their travels on Wednesday night as they make the trip to Carrow Road to face promotion hopefuls Norwich.
Outlining how they will show respect to the passing of Elizabeth, the EFL released a statement, as well as an update on the weekends fixtures.
A statement read: “The EFL fixture programme will return as scheduled from Tuesday 13 September, with tributes to be paid to Her late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II at grounds around the country. A minute’s silence will be held before matches, with black armbands to be worn by participants, flags to be flown at half-mast and the National Anthem to be played in stadiums.”
City are on the road on Saturday too with another journey to Lancashire with Burnley the opposition at Turf Moor, as they hope to build on their positive start.
Games however aren’t fully guaranteed to go ahead and will be dealt with on an individual basis with discussions ongoing with the clubs who are set to host matches this weekend.
Police forces across England, Scotland and Wales will be deployed to provide support for the funeral of the Queen on Monday, September 19, which is a Bank Holiday for most people.
Staff will be expected to help over the weekend, which could leave a lack of police resources for football matches.
Clubs will now have to discuss with the Safety Advisory Group, who are responsible for matches going ahead with fans, as to whether games can be played with either minimal police presence or none.
It read: “With a national policing plan now in operation, the League and Clubs will continue to work with forces in respect of any challenges that may emerge regarding policing of specific fixtures. Consideration to individual circumstances will be made on a case-by-case basis, in line with standard match Safety Advisory Group (SAG) protocols.”