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Peter Crouch nails the issue with cancelling all the football this weekend

Ryan Sidle

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Peter Crouch nails the issue with cancelling all the football this weekend

Peter Crouch has perfectly summed up the problems with cancelling football this weekend, after the Premier League, EFL and FA made the decision.

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On Friday, football's governing bodies were amongst the first in sport to make a decision on whether to go ahead with fixtures following the Queen's death.

Fotoball decided that no sport would go ahead, even at grassroots and children's level, which was the most ridiculous part of it, whilst most other sports decided to go on.

According to reports, one reason for the decision to cancel was because authorities were worried about the reception that any tributes to the Queen might have caused.

However, Crouch has summed up why paying tribute would have been far better than cancelling games, saying, "I know it’s only a game and some things are much bigger but imagine all our games went ahead this weekend.

"Black armbands, silences observed, national anthem, Royal band playing etc to the millions around the world watching ?

"Isn’t that a better send off?"

It sums up the feelings that most have, that the chance to pay tribute in large gatherings was a far better 'tribute' than people not having any outlet or sport to watch.

The annoyance from fans comes from the fact that rugby league, rugby union, golf, racing and cricket are all taking place this weekend, as well as the Formula One, although that isn't taking place in Britain.

The Queen was a big supporter of sport, especially the horse racing, and a story about her not getting to watch England in the World Cup was recently shared.

Back in 1998 she was asked if she would be watching the national team face Argentina in the World Cup but she had to politely inform everyone she was busy having a dinner party.

England captain Bobby Moore collected the World Cup trophy from the Queen in 1966. Image: Alamy
England captain Bobby Moore collected the World Cup trophy from the Queen in 1966. Image: Alamy

Crouch's sentiments about people paying tribute by wearing black armbands and observing silences was already on show on Thursday night, immediately following the news of the Queen's death.

Arsenal and FC Zurich players observed a silence ahead of the second half of their Europa League game, whilst silences also happened ahead of the later kick offs in Europe, for teams from Britain.

West Ham fans decided to sing the national anthem during their silence, an incredible moment inside the London Stadium to respect the former Monarch.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Premier League, EFL Championship, Peter Crouch

Ryan Sidle
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