March 18 – English football authorities – the Premier League, English Football League and Football Association – have all been accused of double standards for not holding tributes for the 50 people tragically killed in New Zealand’s mosque attacks.
One minute’s silence was held at rugby union and league games over the weekend, but no tributes were organised for matches in English football.
“There is no excuse, whenever something has happened, not even on the same scale, football has always come out and paid tribute,” said Yunus Lunat, former FA race equality board chair, told the BBC.
“It is double standards and hypocrisy. To hold a minute’s silence was the right thing to do. When it happens for the events, it has to happen across the board for every attack.”
The lack of tributes is in stark contrast to those held across English football after the Paris attacks of November 2015 when 130 were killed, Premier League clubs wore black armbands and the French national anthem, ‘La Marseillaise’, was played before matches.
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