The Premier League and EFL released a communique on Friday after a meeting between Premier League and EFL chiefs that all Premier League and EFL round of matches this weekend will be postponed as a sign of respect to Her Majesty the Queen of United Kingdom, who passed away on Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle at the age of 96.
There have been mixed reactions to the communique issued on Friday. Some people believe the weekend round of games should be allowed to go on because of the Queen’s love for Sports. While others think it is a good call as a sign of respect for the memory of the Queen.
Gary Neville and Piers Morgan believe the weekend round of fixtures should have been played, but Simon Jordan thinks otherwise.
What was said?
Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter, saying: “Sporting events should go ahead.
“A) The Queen loved sport and B) It would be great to see/hear huge crowds singing the National Anthem in tribute to Her Majesty, as West Ham fans did so magnificently last night.”
Gary Neville, who shared the same opinion with Piers Morgan, added: “I agree Piers.
“Sport can show better than most the respect the Queen deserves.”
The host of the White and Jordan show and the former owner of Crystal Palace believes it is the right call, sad on Talksports: “I think it’s about right.
“In other areas of commerce, for example, Selfridges has closed for today but will open again tomorrow, but I think the sport has a very different dynamic.
“There is an element that you want society to go on and look forward to. We have a new King coming and this is the natural order of events, but it is also a unique and unprecedented set of circumstances—we have lost our Queen of 70 years.
“I think it’s important that sport steps back, certainly for this weekend and certainly for the day of the funeral. I think that’s appropriate and sensible.
“Some people will want the distraction or want the games to go ahead… there will be people who have spent money on train fares and hotels, and I could say that they are only thinking about themselves, or perhaps it’s a fair point.
“But there are certain events and moments in time where you just have to stand back and nothing takes precedence. Nothing becomes more important.
“So I think it’s right that the initiative from the government is ‘we’ll leave it with you, but we kind of expect a mature, sensible, and reflective attitude.
“Not everybody in the country supports the monarchy, but the bulk of people do, and it means a lot to many people.
“So while we saw the reaction from West Ham during the game where they sang God Save the Queen and there was an enormous outpouring of emotion, I think it’s appropriate that the nation stands back from this moment and reflect without distractions.
“And we can live without it. I think this is a moment in time where you have to say, ‘no balls get kicked, no balls get bowled, no punches get thrown, and the nation steps back and reflects.”
There is also doubt if next week’s round of fixtures will come off.