Fears over how fans would react to tributes to the Queen is one reason that the Premier League, Football League and Football Association decided to cancel football this weekend.
Morgan also mentioned the scenes at West Ham on Thursday night, ahead of their Europa Conference League match, where fans paid tribute to the Queen by singing the national anthem, as the reason why games should go ahead, so fans could pay tribute.
However, according to the Daily Mail, authorities were actually worried that not all fans would be respectful during minute’s silences ahead of games.
Potential global embarrassment, if fans did show dissent during tributes, was reportedly one of the reasons that authorities decided not to go ahead with games.
West Ham paid tribute after the news of the Queen’s death was announced just an hour and a half before kick off in their game against FCSB. Image: AlamyThat might have played into the fears of those in charge, but the noise was most likely to have come from the home fans, but actions closer to home may not have helped either.
Whilst football decided that their fans weren’t trustworthy, most other sport has been allowed to go ahead this weekend, even if some fixtures were postponed.
Rugby Union delayed the start of the Premiership season from Friday to Saturday, and the third Test between England and South Africa in cricket cancelled day two but returns on Saturday.
Rugby League went ahead with the Super League play off game between Leeds Rhinos and Catalan Giants on Friday night, although it was played in France.
Football however decided it would stifle its fans ability to pay tribute to the Queen, or even if they wanted to show dissent, why stop them?!