What are the changes to the sporting calendar and the live BT Sport schedule?

Following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II there have been amendments to live sport in the UK. Find out the latest here.

By Alex Bowmer Published: 14 September 2022 - 10.48am
Ibrahima Konate and Ruben Loftus-Cheek compete for the ball in last season's FA Cup final (Naomi Baker - The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

Following last weekend's postponement of professional football across the UK as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II following her passing, most teams return to action this week. 

However, with Her Majesty's funeral taking place on Monday 19 September, some fixtures in the coming days have been postponed so that police resources can be used in the best way possible.

All Champions League Matchday 2 fixtures are going ahead, with Rangers vs Napoli moving from Tuesday to Wednesday.

In the Europa League and Europa Conference League, Arsenal against PSV will be the only game not going ahead on Thursday, while in the Premier League, Manchester United vs Leeds and Chelsea vs Liverpool are off because of the Queen's funeral. The kick-off times for Brentford vs Arsenal and Everton vs West Ham on Sunday have also changed. 

Finally, all Premiership Rugby games are going ahead this weekend, although Northampton Saints vs London Irish will now be held on Saturday instead of Friday, so will no longer be shown on BT Sport. 

For more detail on what's changed and what it means for the BT Sport schedule, read on.

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Champions League

The only change in the schedule concerning Rangers against Napoli at Ibrox. The match has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday, with UEFA saying in a statement: "This [decision] is due to the severe limitations on police resources and organisational issues related to the ongoing events surrounding the national mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II."

To limit the chance of disorder, Napoli fans are no longer permitted to attend the fixture, while Rangers supporters cannot now go to the reverse fixture on Wednesday 26 October in an attempt to make things fair. 

Wednesday's game will now be televised exclusively live from 7.45pm on BT Sport 4. For a full list of this week's matches on BT Sport, visit our What's On page. 

Europa League & Europa Conference League

As the only high-profile football match in Britain on Thursday, Arsenal's game with PSV is off, while all other games in the Europa League and Europa Conference League are going ahead as planned, with all those matches televised exclusively live on BT Sport. The rearranged fixture has been confirmed for Thursday 20 October at the Emirates, with a kick-off time of 6pm. 

Selected live events on BT Sport this weekend

Boxing: Denzel Bentley vs Marcus Morrison (Friday 7pm, BT Sport 1)

MotoGP: Grand Prix of Aragon qualifying (Saturday 11am, BT Sport 2)

National League: Aldershot vs Halifax (Saturday 5pm, BT Sport 1)

UFC Fight Night: Cory Sandhagen vs Song Yadong (Saturday 10pm, BT Sport 1)

MotoGP: Grand Prix of Aragon race (Sunday 9.15am, BT Sport 2)

Serie A: Roma vs Atalanta (Sunday 5pm, BT Sport 3)

Ligue 1: Lyon vs Paris Saint-Germain (Sunday 7.30pm, BT Sport 2)

Serie A: Milan vs Napoli (Sunday 7.45pm, BT Sport 1)

 

Premier League

The Premier League schedule has seen the most change, with two matches that were due to be played on Sunday - Manchester United vs Leeds and Chelsea vs Liverpool - being called off due to the Queen's funeral, while Brighton vs Crystal Palace, that was supposed to be held on Saturday, had already been postponed due to planned train strikes affecting fans travelling to the south coast. No dates have yet been announced for the rearranged fixtures. 

As a result of the two Sunday postponements, the other two matches scheduled for that day have had their kick-off times changed so they can be televised. Brentford vs Arsenal and Everton vs West Ham will now kick off at 12pm and 2.15pm respectively, having originally both been pencilled in to start at 2pm.

Saturday's episode of BT Sport Score has been cancelled. This weekend's televised game on BT Sport will be Wolves against Manchester City, with coverage starting at 11.30am on BT Sport 1. 

Premiership Rugby

After a full programme of fixtures during the opening round of the season last weekend, there is one alteration to this weekend's schedule. 

Due to Northampton's clash with Sale Sharks being moved from Friday 9 September to Sunday 11 September as a mark of respect for the Queen, the Saints' Round 2 game against London Irish, initially planned for Friday 16 September, has now been moved to Saturday afternoon at 2pm, so will no longer be televised on BT Sport.

BT Sport will however still be showing two live Premiership Rugby games this weekend: Harlequins vs Saracens on Saturday from 2.30pm on BT Sport 3, and Exeter Chiefs' trip to Worcester Warriors on Sunday from 2pm on BT Sport 1.