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English fans protest the suspension of football after the Queen’s death

The suspension of the Premier League due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II is “a missed opportunity” according to the FSA.

English fans protest the suspension of football after the Queen’s death
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The Football Supporters Association of England (FSA) has protested the postponement of this weekend’s football as they believe it is “a missed opportunity” to honour the memory of the Queen. The Premier League, and most of England’s leagues, have called off the fixtures scheduled for 9, 10 and 11 September due to the death on Thursday of Queen Elizabeth II.

The decision did sit well with the FSA, who expressed its sadness at the Queen’s death but stressed the role of football in bringing people together. “We believe that football is the best way to bring people together at important times like this, whether it is a time of joy or a time of mourning,” the FSA said in a statement. “Our view is that most fans would have liked to have been able to go to the games this weekend and to be able to show their respect for the Queen alongside the rest of their fellow fans.

“Not everyone will agree, so there was no perfect decision for the authorities, but many fans feel this has been a missed opportunity for football to be able to pay tribute.”

Football has not been the only sport to be affected by the death of Elizabeth II and the vast majority of sporting events scheduled for this weekend in England have been postponed.