The Football Supporters’ Association wants supporters to be reimbursed
The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) in England has launched appeals for fans who have been left out due to the postponement of football matches following the death of Queen Elizabeth II to be reimbursed.
On Saturday, as matches from grassroots level to the Premier League were called off, FSA chairman Malcolm Clarke lobbied rail companies and English football authorities to ensure fans who were due to travel to matches this weekend do not end up losing. financially due to the decision to suspend weekend action out of respect for the 96-year-old monarch.
“There is a big question about refunds, advance train tickets that have been booked for away games and all that,” Clarke said.
“We would certainly expect the rail industry and football authorities to view this with great sympathy. This is not the right time to be asking fans to spend money on things that aren’t happening. “, he added. he added.
The Queen was a godmother to English football’s governing body, the Football Association (FA), which decided to scrap games despite other sports such as cricket, golf and rugby, but with tributes before the start of the game.
Yet according to the FSA and others such as former England internationals Gary Neville and Peter Crouch, football fans and players could still have paid their respects had the matches gone ahead.
“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,” the FSA explained on Friday:
“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.
“Black arm bands, observed silences, the national anthem, a royal band playing etc. in front of millions around the world watching? Isn’t that a better farewell?” posed Crouch on Twitter, as Neville said:“Sport can demonstrate better than anyone the respect the Queen deserves.”
Asked if the displays of respect shown at the Oval’s Test cricket for England against South Africa and the PGA Championship at Wentworth supported the FSA’s view, Clarke replied: “We think there were other ways to pay tribute that would actually have been more meaningful than just canceling everything, especially with things like kids football.”
As Queen Elizabeth’s funeral is scheduled for Monday, September 19, it is currently unclear whether next weekend’s series of football matches will also be canceled or severely affected.