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Football, the postponement, and respect

Morning all.

It’ll be a short one today, and for the next few days I guess, as football has been postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Premier League released a statement yesterday, which read:

To honour her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s game.

I realise this is a sensitive subject for some people, but I think they have got this wrong. If everything had shut down, then that’s one thing, but that’s not what has happened. Cricket continues. Rugby continues. Horse racing continues. Entertainment continues. Life and work continues. Football does not.

The RFU’s statement makes a lot more sense to me:

Rugby Union will go ahead this weekend as teams and supporters come together to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to be united in our grief as we express sorrow at her passing.

Rugby, at its heart, is about community and bringing people together, in good times and in sad.

Why could football not have done the same? A period of silence. Black armbands. Perhaps the national anthem could have been played, but to just postpone everything – in this most bizarre, condensed of all seasons – seems like a mistake. Instead of packed stadia allowing those who wished to show their respects to do so, they will remain empty, and the The FA’s decision to even shut down grass roots football, so kids can’t even play their matches this weekend, is so ludicrous is defies any rational explanation.

The idea that policing was an issue has been put to bed, that might well be something to consider next weekend as preparations for a state funeral are put in place, but that’s not what happened. There was no edict from on high, this was left up to the authorities in each sport to make a decision and football stands alone this morning while everything else carries on.

Why? It’s hard not to think that once again football is…


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Publish date : 2022-09-10 08:00:34

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