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Emilia Romagna GP qualifying and EFL games moved for Prince Philip funeral


Qualifying for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix has been moved to avoid overlapping with the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday.

Formula One and the FIA have announced that the session has been brought forward by an hour and will now take place from 1pm to 2pm BST. As a result, final practice will move to 10am-11am in order to comply with the regulations which state qualifying must be two hours after FP3. A minute’s silence will also be held before qualifying at Imola.

The English Football League has confirmed that all fixtures scheduled for 3pm on Saturday have been moved to avoid overlapping with the funeral.

Matches taking place in the Championship, League One and League Two this week and at the weekend will also observe a minute’s silence before kick-off. Players, coaching staff and match officials will also be wearing armbands as a mark of respect.

Blackburn’s game against Derby and Reading’s fixture with Cardiff will kick off at 6pm on Friday, while Norwich will face Bournemouth at Carrow Road at 8pm on Saturday. Rotherham v Birmingham will kick off at noon on Sunday, with Coventry facing Barnsley at 3pm. The remaining Championship fixtures will kick off at 12.30pm on Saturday.

Nine League One fixtures will kick off at 12.30pm on Saturday, with two starting at 5.30pm. Ten matches in League Two will kick off at 12.30pm on Saturday, with Colchester taking on Walsall at 5.30pm.



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