Peter Crouch has argued that paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II through playing the national anthem, holding silences, and wearing black armbands during Premier League games would have been a more fitting tribute.
Following the cancellation of Premier League games, furious football supporters have agreed with Peter Crouch on the best way to honor Queen Elizabeth II.
After Premier League chairman Richard Masters declared there will be no games this weekend, in line with other football cancellations around the nation, the former Liverpool and England striker took to Twitter to criticize the decision.
Crouch tweeted: “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?”
On Thursday, September 8 at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s Europa League group stage match against Real Sociedad went on as scheduled even though the Queen passed away on the same day. The players donned black armbands, and there was a moment of silence before the game. Such actions, according to Crouch, would be a better send-off for the country’s longest-serving monarch.
Instead, the Premier League board decided to postpone all Premier League games this weekend and the evening games scheduled for Monday, September 12.
To make it more severe for lovers of football, Liverpool’s Premier League match against Chelsea on September 18 is also in danger since police may be sent to London in advance of the Queen’s funeral, according to sources. However, Chelsea are still anticipating the Champions League match at Stamford Bridge against RB Salzburg on Wednesday night, September 14, to go ahead.
Following a club meeting on Friday morning, Premier League teams paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II before they agreed that all league games this weekend should be postponed.
It should be noted that, even though the Premier League, EFL, and National League have agreed to postpone their matches this weekend in honor of the queen, rugby union and the Queen’s preferred sport, horse racing, are still scheduled to take place.
The British Horse Racing Association announced that all horse racing in the nation will be suspended on Saturday, but events like St. Ledger will still take place on Sunday under a new timetable.
Why was the Premier League Postponed?
Due to Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, this weekend’s Premier League games will be postponed.
A statement from the Premier League read: “To honor her amazing life and commitment to the nation, and as a gesture of respect, this weekend’s Premier League match round will be postponed,” stated the statement. “This morning, Premier League teams paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“Further updates regarding Premier League fixtures during the period of mourning will be provided in due course.”
Richard Masters, Premier League chief executive said: “We and our clubs would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty’s long and unwavering service to our country. As our longest-serving monarch, she has been an inspiration and leaves behind an incredible legacy following a life of dedication.
“This is a tremendously sad time for not just the nation but also for the millions of people around the world who admired her, and we join together with all those in mourning her passing.”
Who is Peter Crouch?
Peter James Crouch, a former striker for the English national team, was born on January 30, 1981. Between 2005 and 2010, he received 42 caps for the England national team, scoring 22 goals for his country, and participating in two FIFA World Cup competitions.
He holds the record for the most headed goals in Premier League history and is one of 33 players with 100 or more goals in the league.
Crouch started out as a Tottenham Hotspur trainee. After loan stints at Dulwich Hamlet and Swedish club IFK Hässleholm, he joined Queens Park Rangers after failing to make an appearance for Spurs.
At the conclusion of the 2000–01 season, QPR was relegated, and he was bought by Portsmouth in a £1.5 million trade. He scored 19 goals for the club during his debut season at Fratton Park, and in March 2002, he moved to Aston Villa for £5 million.
However, after a rather unsuccessful stint at Villa, he was loaned to Norwich City in 2003 before leaving for Southampton, where he found his form again and eventually left for Liverpool in July 2005.
He achieved great success at Liverpool, winning the FA Cup and FA Community Shield in 2006 and finishing second in the 2007 UEFA Champions League Final.