Jordan defends Premier League decision to postpone matches after Neville wanted matches to continue

Simon Jordan believes the Premier League has made the right decision to postpone as a sign of respect for Her Majesty after Gary Neville had hoped matches could continue.

After the Queen’s death on Thursday at the age of 96, official government guidance on the period of mourning appeared to be giving the green light for this weekend’s sporting events, leaving the decision to individual governing bodies.

But the Football Association announced on Friday that All professional matches in England will be canceled out of respect for the Queen.

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An FA statement read: “Her Majesty the Queen has been a long-standing Patron of The Football Association and has left an lasting and indelible legacy in our national game.

“As a sign of respect, following the death of Her Majesty the Queen, English football has united to postpone all football matches between 9-11 September.

“The FA can confirm that all football matches across the Barclays Women’s League, Barclays Women’s Championship, Vitality Women’s Cup and Isuzu FA Cup will be postponed this weekend.”

Former and current Manchester United defender Sky Sports Expert Gary Neville had called for the matches to be held before the announcement later in the day.

But Jordan, the former Crystal Palace chairman, believes the FA and other football organizations have made the right decision.

“I think it’s all right,” Jordan said. TalkSPORT.

“In other areas of trade, for example, Selfridges has decided to close for today but will open again tomorrow, but I think the sport has a very different dynamic.

“There is an element in which you want society to continue and look forward. We have a new king coming and that is the natural order of events, but it is also a unique and unprecedented set of circumstances – we have lost our 70-year queen.

“I think it’s important for the sport to back off, definitely this weekend and definitely for the day of the funeral. I think that’s totally appropriate and reasonable.

“Some people want a distraction or want to go ahead with the games… There will be people who have spent money on train and hotel fares, and I can tell they think only of themselves, or maybe that’s a fair point.

“But there are certain events and moments in time where you just have to stand back and nothing takes precedence, and nothing becomes more important.

“So I think it’s absolutely right that the government’s initiative is ‘We’ll leave it with you, but we kind of expect a mature, reasonable and reflective attitude’.”

“Not everyone in the country supports the monarchy, but most people support it and that means a lot to a lot of people.

“So while we saw West Ham’s reaction during the match as they sang God Save the Queen and there was a huge outpouring of emotion, I think it’s only appropriate that the nation step back from this moment and reflect without distraction.

“And we can live without it. I think this is a moment in time where you have to say, ‘No balls are kicked, no balls are thrown, no punches thrown, and the nation steps back and reflects.’”