‘Despicable’ football teams to be punished for playing after Queen’s death

    Football at all levels was postponed following the death of the Queen (Picture: Getty)
    Football at all levels was postponed following the death of the Queen (Picture: Getty)

    Amateur football teams Sheffield International FC and Byron House FC face punishment for playing on the weekend after Queen Elizabeth II died.

    Domestic football at all levels from the Premier League to Sunday league was postponed following the death of the British monarch last week as the United Kingdom entered a period of mourning, but games are now able to resume.

    The decision to postpone the weekend’s fixtures faced plenty of criticism, especially given that more traditional, middle-class sports such as rugby, cricket and golf were allowed to carry on as normal, with many feeling that games should have gone ahead so football fans could pay their respects to the late Queen.

    But Sheffield International FC and Byron House FC’s decision to play despite the Queen’s death has been labelled ‘disrespectful’ and ‘despicable’ by the Sheffield and District Fair Play League, who have promised a full probe into the matter and have said that the teams will be ‘dealt with in the strongest possible terms’.

    ‘Queen Elizabeth II ruled, served and led with integrity and humility for more than seven decades,’ league chairman Danny Taylor added.

    ‘It is a terrible shame that these two teams could not emulate this even for a single Saturday, despite our clear instructions.

    ‘We may or may not agree with the mass cancellation of football, but this was decided as a mark of respect and should therefore have been adhered to.’

    His comments follow a string of tweets from Sheffield International FC, who posted on Friday that their postponed match would be played as a friendly before saying that someone ‘snitched on us so now even the friendly is off’.

    Sheffield International FC confirmed they would turn it into a training session instead, adding: ‘If that gets cancelled we’ll have a game of rugby seeing as that’s deemed respectful enough.’

    However, the club tweeted a picture on Saturday morning with the caption: ‘Silly billies. Everyone’s turned up in their match kit.’

    Another tweet followed, showing a photo of Sheffield International FC shaking hands with their opponents, with the club adding: ‘Oh wow! Byron House have arrived! Fancy seeing them here!’

    Football matches resumed from September 12 but some upcoming fixtures have been impacted by the Queen’s funeral, which takes place on Monday.

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