Manchester United legend, Gary Neville has explained that he is not happy with the Premier League decision to postpone this weekend’s fixtures despite the royal family insisting that it will not interfere with it.
In the morning hours of Friday, the 9th of September, the Premier League announced its decision to postpone the weekend fixtures following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Though there was no obligation for sporting events to be canceled, the Premier League confirmed this morning that this weekend’s fixtures would not go ahead as planned as a mark of respect.
‘At a meeting this morning, Premier League clubs paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,’ a statement read.
‘To honor her extraordinary life and contribution to the nation, and as a mark of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed, including Monday evening’s game.’
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The decision was not a formality and Premier League bosses met this morning to discuss their options.
The league is facing unprecedented levels of fixture chaos this season, with the unique nature of a mid-season World Cup kicking off in Qatar in November.
But, added to that, in the sense that the matches going ahead could have been the perfect platform for supporters nationwide to pay their own tributes to the Queen.
I agree Piers. Sport can demonstrate better than most the respect the Queen deserves . https://t.co/oYKTkEaUP0— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 9, 2022
Replying to a tweet from Piers Morgan in which the broadcaster said games should go ahead, Neville concurred.
‘I agree Piers,’ wrote Neville.
‘Sport can demonstrate better than most the respect the Queen deserves.’
Next weekend’s fixtures are also in doubt and if the league decides to postpone the next round of games, the next round of matches will be played in the first week of October.
This could cause further chaos for the Premier League, which has already been heavily criticized for the jam-packed scheduling of the 2022/23 campaign.
As well as Premier League fixtures, all EFL and grassroots matches have been postponed.
However, other sporting events like the Great North Run are set to go ahead.