Queen Elizabeth's death sparks 'unacceptable' backlash from sport world

·Sports Reporter
·5-min read
Bayern Munich fans hold up a banner (pictured left) about football games and the Queen and (pictured right) a memoriam for Queen Elizabeth II.
Bayern Munich fans held up a banner (pictured left) protesting the delay of football games due to Queen Elizabeth II's death. (Images: Twitter/Getty Images)

While Liverpool fell silent to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II last week, German football giants Bayern Munich called out British teams with a targeted banner to question why sport was delayed on the weekend.

Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 2-0 in their Champions League Group C match, which marked the return of Robert Lewandowski to his former home.

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However, many viewers were surprised to see the German team calling out their British counterparts for cancelling weekend games due to the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

The death of Queen Elizabeth II, aged 96, sent shockwaves around the world.

Premier League officials announced before the weekend all games would be postponed in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.

Anfield fell silent to honour the memory of the longest ever serving British monarch.

But in stark contract to the English giants, Bayern Munich fans displayed a banner to question British football.

"Last minute match delays and bans because of a royal's death? Respect fans!" the banner read.

The Bayern Munch banner could of been referring to UEFA's decision to postpone the Rangers and Napoli clash.

Napoli's visit to Glasgow was delayed 24 hours and fans were banned from travelling to Ibrox Stadium.

UEFA also announced that Rangers fans will be denied travel to Napoli in order to make sure both fans receive the same treatment.

Fans were quick to react to the surprising move from Munich supporters.

The game was less controversial than the supporters' stance.

Bayern scored twice in four minutes against the run of play through Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane in Munich on Tuesday night and are now top of their group on six points from two matches.

Barcelona were dominant for 50 minutes and have only themselves to blame for not taking the lead, with Lewandowski coming close twice and Pedri and Gavi also missing golden chances.

Lewandowski left the German club in the summer after eight years to join Barcelona, who are on three points, alongside Inter.

Viktoria Plzen are in last place.

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After their much-criticised decision to become the only sport in the United Kingdom to shut down completely at the weekend to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II English football will resume at all levels this week.

However, not all matches will go ahead with Arsenal's Europa League tie at home to PSV Eindhoven on Thursday postponed due to a lack of police resources.

Three Premier League games at the weekend are also off with police in the capital needing to secure the huge crowds expected to attend the lying-in-state ahead of the funeral on Monday (19th September).

Liverpool players perform a minute's silence in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.
Liverpool players perform a minute's silence following the death of Queen Elizabeth II during the UEFA Champions League group A match against AFC Ajax at Anfield. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Saturday's Brighton-Crystal Palace fixture, initially postponed due to a rail strike, is still off even though the strike has been cancelled. Chelsea v Liverpool and Manchester United v Leeds, both scheduled for Sunday, are also off.

All UK matches on Saturday and Sunday were suspended with the Football Association and English Schools Association taking an extreme position by banning all amateur matches, including children's games, as well.

With other sports proceeding, most entertainment venues open - including the Royal Opera House, and pubs, restaurants and bars operating as normal the decision was widely criticised.

Not only had fans already committed substantial sums in travel and, in some cases, accommodation, they argued it had denied them the chance to come together to pay their respects to the late monarch.

with AAP

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