Simon Jordan hits back at Gary Neville and Piers Morgan over postponement complaints ater Queen’s death

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Premier League and EFL fixtures were postponed this weekend, but not everyone believes it was the right decision.

Simon Jordan has hit back at pundits who disagree with the decision to postpone this weekend’s Premier League fixtures.

The Premier League and EFL decided to postpone all of their fixtures for this weekend and Monday as a mark of respect to The Queen, who died earlier this week.

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The UK is now in a period of national mourning, and as part of that, football has been put on hold, though the decision was not forced upon the Premier League or EFL.

The leagues, working with the FA, were allowed to make their own decision, and they opted to postpone the fixtures as a mark of respect.

The decisions have been met with some criticism, with the likes of Peter Crouch and Gary Neville weighing in on the topic.

Crouch tweeted: “I know it’s only a game and some things are much bigger but imagine all our games went ahead this weekend.

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“Black armbands, silences observed, national anthem, Royal band playing etc to the millions around the world watching ? Isn’t that a better send off? “

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan said: “Sporting events should go ahead. a) The Queen loved sport and b) It would be great to see/hear huge crowds singing the National Anthem in tribute to Her Majesty, as West Ham fans did so magnificently last night.”

Neville replied to that tweet, saying: “I agree Piers. Sport can demonstrate better than most the respect the Queen deserves.”

On the back of those comments, former Crystal Palace chief Jordan has hit back, saying on talkSPORT: “I think it’s about right.

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

“There is an element that you want society to go on and look forward to. We have a new King coming and this is the natural order of events, but it is also a unique and unprecedented set of circumstances – we have lost our Queen of 70 years.

“I think it is important that sport steps back, certainly for this weekend and certainly for the day of the funeral. I think that’s absolutely appropriate and sensible.

“Some people will want the distraction or want the games to go ahead. There will be people who have spent money on train fares and hotels, and I could say that they are only thinking about themselves, or perhaps it’s a fair point.

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

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

“Not everybody in the country supports the monarchy but the bulk of people do and it means a lot to a lot of people.

“So while we saw the reaction from West Ham during the game where they sang God Save the Queen and there was an enormous outpouring of emotion, I think it’s appropriate that the nation stands back from this moment and reflects without distractions.

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

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