Football Fans Association responds after matches postponed to pay tribute to Queen

The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) believe the postponement of fixtures this weekend is a missed opportunity to pay tribute to the Queen after her death.

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

All Premier League, EFL and National League games this weekend have been postponed as a mark of respect.

Rovers were due to face Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium on Saturday but will now play their next game against Watford on Tuesday September 13.

Many supporters across the country had already spent money on travel and accommodation, while clubs also face a potential financial hit with matches likely to be postponed to midweek.

Rugby league, rugby union, golf and cricket will resume this weekend, while the Great North Run will also continue.

The FSA said many fans would have preferred the opportunity to grieve and pay their respects to the Queen alongside others.

A official statement read: “We believe football is at its best when it brings people together at times of great national significance – whether those are times of joy or times of grief.

“Our view, which we have shared with the football authorities, is that most supporters would have liked to attend games this weekend and pay their respects to The Queen alongside their fellow supporters.

“Not everyone will agree, so there was no perfect decision for football authorities, but many fans will feel it was a missed opportunity for football to pay its own tributes. individuals.

“As usual, the Football Supporters’ Association will be collating advice on supporters’ rights in relation to expenses incurred for postponed matches this weekend.”

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Andrew B. Reiter