Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys believes other sports should be ‘ashamed’ to continue playing after Queen Elizabeth II’s death, as he believes football authorities have made the right decision by postponing matches.
On Friday, it was decided by the Premier League and the Football Association that the football calendar would be postponed this weekend as a mark of respect for the passing of The Queen – who died in Balmoral at the age of 96.
The decision spread the opinion of fans and people in the game about the decision to postpone the weekend’s games, especially as cricket, rugby and ice hockey and other sports continued or resumed on Saturday.
However, Keys felt that the authorities were right to postpone matches so that people could pay their respects.
He tweeted: ‘Football had no choice but to stop this. Anyone who thinks otherwise is wrong.
“The sports that are played should be ashamed of themselves. Did the decisions have anything to do with not being assured of events for cancellations? I hear it may have happened.’
Former Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys believes football authorities have made the right decision by postponing the weekend’s games at all levels of the game
Keys went against the trend that most felt the games should have continued with a respectful minute of silence.
The England and Wales cricket board canceled all matches on Friday following the announcement of The Queen’s death, but resumed matches for all international, domestic and recreational matches on Saturday.
Ahead of England’s third Test with South Africa at the Oval, a minute’s silence was observed by those in attendance and a moving rendition of God Save The King, sung for the first time at a sporting event.
A minute’s silence was observed before England’s third test with South Africa in the Oval
Both England and South Africa players also wore black armbands as a tribute to cricket
London Irish and Worcester Warriors observe a minute of silence in honor of Her Majesty
Both England and South Africa players also wore black armbands as cricket paid tribute to the UK’s longest-reigning monarch after her death.
Rugby also decided to resume action on Saturday, much like cricket, with all matches to take place after observing a minute’s silence in Her Majesty’s honour.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker wondered why football couldn’t have done the same, posting: ‘Given the beautiful and moving scenes in The Oval, it’s a real shame there’s no football this weekend, giving us the chance miss to pay his respects.
BT Sport pundit Peter Crouch posted on social media: ‘I know it’s just a game and some things are much bigger, but imagine if all our games went on this weekend.’
Gary Lineker believes football missed an opportunity by canceling this weekend’s games
Lineker took to Twitter to share his thoughts after seeing the tribute at The Oval on Saturday
TV personality Piers Morgan added: “Ridiculous decision.”
Those social media posts came after the Premier League released a statement Friday morning confirming the news that this weekend’s games would be postponed.
“At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” a statement from top bosses read Friday.
“In honor of her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League round of matches, including Monday night’s game, has been postponed.”
The FA statement added: “Her Majesty the Queen was a longstanding patron of the Football Association and has left a lasting and indelible legacy in our national game. As a show of respect, following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, English football has united to postpone all football matches between 9 and 11 September.
The FA can confirm that all football matches in the Barclays Women’s Super League, Barclays Women’s Championship, the Vitality Women’s FA Cup and the Isuzu FA Trophy will be postponed this weekend.
“We can also confirm that all football games in the National League System” [NLS]Steps 1-6, including the Vanarama National Leagues, the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP]Tiers 3-7 and matches in basic football in England are postponed.’
There is no announcement yet as to whether the domestic calendar will continue from early next week, although matches in European competitions will be played as scheduled.