Northern Ireland

All football activity resumes following suspension after death of Queen Elizabeth

The Irish FA said football has resumed
The Irish FA said football has resumed The Irish FA said football has resumed

ALL football activity in Northern Ireland which was suspended following the passing of Queen Elizabeth resumed today with immediate effect.

The Irish FA confirmed that football fixtures and other organised football activity, at all levels, was to restart.

The statement also said that "likely fixtures are to be played this coming weekend (16-18 September) and any updates or changes to this will be communicated accordingly".

It comes after games were suspended as a mark of respect following the death of the queen last Thursday.

The Irish FA has also received a letter of condolence from FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, following the queen's passing.

Addressed to Irish FA president Conrad Kirkwood, the letter said: "It is with great sadness and deep emotion that I learned of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

"Tributes are flowing from all over the world to salute her memory, and I would like herewith to join them.

"Longest-serving monarch in British history, a global leader and pillar of our time that embodied stability and brought comfort far beyond the borders of the United Kingdom, recognised for her confidence in her people and her vision for a brighter tomorrow during her decades of service as sovereign, for her humanity and her reading of the world, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, will not be forgotten.

"Head of State for a number of FIFA’s Member Associations, active patron of football across the United Kingdom and a supporter of our sport throughout the Commonwealth, her support for football spans a lifetime.

"Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing is a huge loss to football, to our society, and to the world."