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Right or Wrong? UK Football Organizations Rule Out Minute’s Silence for Margaret Thatcher: The Nightly EPL

The FA and Premier League have both ruled out any possibility of a minute’s silence as a tribute to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who died yesterday, aged 87.

That means there will be no minute’s silence for Thatcher at this weekend’s Premier League and FA Cup matches. However, it remains a possibility that individual clubs may request one with Wigan and Reading chairmen Dave Whelan and John Madejski respectively both in favor of a tribute to Thatcher.

Should The FA and Premier League reconsider their decision and force a blanket-wide minute’s silence for Thatcher this weekend before each match? While it’s argued that Thatcher had few connections to football, and those ties that she did have were meddlesome, what would happen when Queen Elizabeth II passes away? Would The FA and Premier League rule out a minute’s silence given that the Queen has few connections to the sport?

Share your opinions below.

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  1. brn442

    April 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

    There are a lot of things I despise about the woman but – she was a former Prime Minister. However, if the protocol is the same for all politicians, including Prime Ministers, I can’t argue.

    Without the Taylor report, which I believed she sanctioned. God knows what state English football would be in today.

  2. Tony Butterworth

    April 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

    It has nothing to do with Mrs T. There has never been a minutes silence for an ex PM. So why start now.

    • Steven

      April 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      Also, MT didn’t want a state funeral anyway. I think if they do ask for a minutes silence at Reading we might hear a lot of boos which would be very unbecoming of the occassion. Better to not have it.

  3. Dave

    April 10, 2013 at 8:17 am

    She was such a polarizing figure that there is a possibility that fans might not observe a minute silence which would be very embarrasing. Worse, they might actually boo. Good call not to observe minutes silence.

  4. Simon

    April 10, 2013 at 3:59 am

    Thatcher was perhaps the most decisive politician of the last century, no friend of football or most of the working class people who support football – minutes of silence should be reserved for more appropriate occasions

    • Steven

      April 10, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      I think you meant “divisive”.

  5. Sammy

    April 10, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Well, there’s no harm doing a minute’s silence I guess, since Margaret Thatcher was quite a monumental leader for their country as a whole.

    As a sidenote, Gaffer, there seems to be an issue of advertising on this site which you might want to deal with. Unless you don’t mind it, of course. I just took a look at the comments bar and got a shock as nearly the whole list is filled with all sorts of advertisements. Plus, this seems to going on almost everyday, but today it’s even worse.

    • The Gaffer

      April 10, 2013 at 6:06 am

      The comments that look like advertising are bots. I deleted those comments this am.

      The Gaffer

  6. Cantona

    April 9, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Living thru the Scargill years in England, Maggie did have an influence in football… But not a good one very polarizing, I don’t hate her, but I understand the feelings of those who dislike her…she could have done better… But she didn’t … History’ will be kind to the Baroness.. But I’m not sure it should be..

    Nevertheless RIP


  7. Frill Artist

    April 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Right. Rust In Pieces, Iron Hag.

  8. Fred

    April 9, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    The comparison with the queen is wrong.

    Thatcher was a politician who was Prime Minister and took views and made decisions that some agreed with and others did not. Most working-class people loathed her. Football is a working-class sport.

    The queen is not a politician and has a position as head of state for life.

  9. Bishopville Red

    April 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Good call. There’s no way on Earth a minute’s silence would be observed, and a minute’s applause is nothing short of absurd.


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