Blackpool's League One game against Sunderland to be moved to avoid clash with Prince Philip's funeral

Blackpool’s game against Sunderland next week will no longer kick-off at 3pm.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 7:22 pm
Updated Saturday, 10th April 2021, 7:26 pm

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The EFL has announced that, as a mark of respect, all games scheduled for that time will be moved to avoid a clash with Prince Philip’s funeral.

The EFL will now work with clubs to determine when the games should take place.

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

“The EFL will now work with 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.”

A two-minute silence was held before all games today to mark the passing of Prince Philip, who passed away on Friday at the age of 99.

Blackpool are due to host Sunderland at Bloomfield Road next weekend

His funeral will begin at 3pm inside the grounds of Windsor Castle next Saturday.

Members of the public are not permitted to attend the service due to Covid guidelines, but the funeral will be televised.

A national minute’s silence will also be held before the funeral begins at St George's Chapel.

Paying tribute to Prince Philip, EFL chair Rick Parry said: “The EFL is truly saddened to learn of the passing of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99.

“As a patron of over 800 organisations, his high regard for the encouragement of sport and welfare of young people was unequivocal, and his loss will undoubtedly be felt not only here in the UK but across the world.

“Our collective thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this difficult time.”

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