After football matches across the country, including Liverpool’s clash with Wolves, were postponed following the Queen’s death, reports suggest there are four “main reasons” matches have been cancelled.
Should football really have been cancelled?
With 24 hours to go before the final round of matches began, the Premier League announced that this weekend’s games had been postponed “as a mark of respect” to the Queen, who died on Thursday.
That includes Liverpool’s game against Wolves, which was due to take place at 3pm on Saturday, as well as academy games that were scheduled for earlier in the day.
Some fans have questioned the decision to cancel games at such short notice, pointing to the impact it has on hundreds of thousands of people who have spent money organizing travel and tickets during a financial crisis.
According to the Telegraph‘s Ben Rumsby, there are four reasons why football was suspended this weekend, with sports such as golf, cricket and rugby continuing as normal.
- 1. Elizabeth II was patron saint of the FA
- 2. His grandson is president of the FA
- 3. Football is the national sport
- 4. Initial tributes had already been paid in the matches
Are those reasons really enough to justify suspending games, considering the negative impact postponements will have on so many people? Not so sure.
However, we will have to find other ways to occupy ourselves this weekend.
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- Liverpool they are due to play Ajax next Tuesday, before traveling to Chelsea for their last game before the international break in September. Here’s what we know so far about whether those games are likely to go ahead.
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- With Liverpool’s clash with Wolves cancelled, when could the match be played given this season’s congested match schedule? Here are the options.
- The Football Fans Association described the decision to postpone matches across the country this weekend as “a missed opportunity for football”.
- Small businesses in the Liverpool and Anfield area have explained the negative impact the Premier League’s decision to cancel this weekend’s matches will have on their businesses.
Any other sports postponed this weekend?
- All football in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and professional Scottish football has been postponed.
- In cricket, play will resume in England’s Test Match with South Africa on Saturday.
- The PGA golf championship, British horse racing and rugby union Premiership season will also take place as planned over the weekend.
tweet of the day
Nail. In. The. Head.
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON (go to work and pay your bills, but obviously not do things you enjoy like watching or attending sports. That would be ridiculous!)
—Daniel Austin (@_Dan_Austin) September 9, 2022
There’s not much football to look forward to tonight as that will continue to be the case throughout the weekend in the UK.
No Liverpool game, but enjoy your weekends regardless, Reds.