Update – More clubs defy FA and UEFA in row over Queen remembrances

British football row as clubs investigated for friendly following Queen's death

Sheffield International and Byron House - Image Twitter@Sheffield International

23:16 (September 14) – Rangers and Chelsea have defied the FA and UEFA ‘s decision over the use of the national anthem.

Rangers took the decision to play “God save the King” ahead of the game against Napoli on Wednesday, September 14 defying the decision of the sport’s governing body.

The club, which has a long history of a close bond with Britain’s royal family, had requested permission to play the anthem, however, it had been turned down.

But that did not stop players and fans from breaking out into a rendition of the anthem following a minute’s silence. That impromptu sign along was accompanied by banners remembering the queen and a mosaic of the Union Jack surrounding an image of the Queen.

Fans at Chelsea emulated the scenes at Ibrox with fans breaking into an impromptu version of “God save the King”, again in defiance of UEFA.

The governing body had allowed a period of silence prior to UEFA games, as well as saying black armbands should be worn at all matches featuring teams from Britain.

Rangers, who proudly posted their tribute to the Queen online, are likely to face some sort of sanction from UEFA.

These decisions along with those taken by the FA in the UK are further evidence of the governing bodies being out of touch with fans.

19:16 (September 14) – A row has broken out in British football after the Football Association’s decision to cancel games the weekend following the Queen’s death.

According to a report by Sky News on Wednesday, September 14 some lower league clubs are being investigated after they completed games despite the blanket ban that includes grassroots level football.

But one has to question the decision to ban all games especially when there is no link with the royal family, nor did other sports enforce such a ban. Many have questioned the decision as they have the right of the game administrators to enforce such a ban and such a wide one at that.

A significant majority of the football playing community and those who regularly pay to go and play matches side with the views of former England International Peter Crouch who said: “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?”

That view has widespread support, with games offering a wonderful way for fans to show their respects many of whom would not do otherwise.

Clubs that are being investigated include Sheffield International FC and Byron House, whose game went ahead prompting the Sheffield and District Fair Play League to condemn the “disrespectful and despicable behaviour.”

Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA said in a statement: “There will be an investigation into this matter, in conjunction with the, and these two teams will be dealt with in the strongest possible terms.”.

League chairman Danny Taylor said: “We may or may not agree with the mass cancellation of football, but this was decided as a mark of respect and should therefore have been adhered to.”

The two clubs in trouble decided to go ahead and play a friendly in a mark of respect, however, administrators haven’t taken the same view.

But just who is right? Should the FA and its member bodies be allowed to implement such a wide and total ban without consulting those that make up the game, the players?

Secondly, was cancelling the games the right thing to do or was a major opportunity missed up and down the country for football fans to show their respect?

Finally, one has to question what the FA hoped to get out of the cancellation of the games. Did it really help the sport to show its respect for the Queen or did it achieve quite the opposite?

Is the British football row all about nothing or was this a genuine missed opportunity?  What do you think?

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Peter McLaren-Kennedy

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    • John

      14 September 2022 • 21:32

      It was a stupid decision to cancel the games. It really annoys me that people in authority are saying things like “this was decided as a mark of respect”. Yes, but who decided it? You did! Did you ask anyone? No. You have no right to impose your worthiness on everyone else. The Queen can be respected in many ways, and I would bet you anything you like she would not have wanted every football match, and all the enjoyment they bring, cancelled because of her. It is virtue-signalling by the authorities, a trait that seems to be very prevalent these days unfortunately. Talk of the ‘teams will be dealt with in the strongest possible terms’ for breaking the ban is just bullying. Shameful.

    • Bob edwards

      14 September 2022 • 23:40

      Just let uefa know which country’s nuclear subs protect Europe . There just a bunch of spoilt brats uefa there not a country . With a government . They should have some respect .

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