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The Football Supporters Association claims the Premier League has ignored fans’ request to ‘pay their respects’ at football matches this weekend after Premier League and EFL games were canceled following the death of Queen Elizabeth II
- Premier League and EFL games canceled this weekend
- It comes after the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral at the age of 96
- The Football Supporters Association expressed doubts about the cancellations
- They felt that many “would have wanted to pay their respects along with other fans”
The Football Supporters Association (SFA) has expressed doubts about the cancellation of Premier League and EFL games this weekend.
Sports organizations were allowed to decide whether to continue sporting events this weekend, although DCMS Select Committee chair Julian Knight told TalkSPORT that out of respect no sporting events should take place.
The Premier League has chosen to suspend this weekend’s games to honor the ‘extraordinary life and contribution of the Queen to the nation’, with the FA, EFL and SPFL coming to the same decision.
A number of sporting events have been canceled after the death of Elizabeth II
Tributes were paid ahead of West Ham’s Europa Conference League game on Thursday night
The decision was not an easy one for the SFA. A statement released today reads: “We believe football is at its best when it brings people together in times of great national significance, whether that be moments of joy or moments of mourning.
“Our view, shared with the football authorities, is that most supporters would have liked to go to matches this weekend and pay their respects to the Queen with their fellow fans.
“Not everyone will agree, so there wasn’t a perfect decision for football authorities, but many supporters will feel that this was a missed opportunity for football to pay its own special tribute.
The FSA believed fans “could have wanted to pay their respects to the Queen along with other fans.”
“As usual, the Football Supporters Association will collect advice on supporters’ rights this weekend with regard to costs incurred in connection with postponed matches.”
European matches took place on Thursday evening for both Manchester United and West Ham, with pre-match tributes to the late Queen.
Other sports will resume this weekend, with the England cricket team’s test match against South Africa on Saturday.