Premier League clubs ‘getting frustrated’ by pre-match tributes for people dying
Premier League clubs are 'getting frustrated' with the continuous pre-match tributes and cause-promoting they are being asked to carry out.
The latest request was carried out last month – as Premier League clubs held a minutes silence for legendary commentator John Motson. However, clubs are concerned that the constant request will mean the impact of the gesture will be lost.
One source told the Daily Mail: "It’s grief fatigue and it’s too much – the bar has fallen way too low. The belief is that the Premier League and FA are frightened of upsetting anyone and just agree to recognise everything.
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"And it’s not just minute’s silences or applause. Managers are forever being asked to support so many different campaigns and causes that there is a lapel badge almost every week. It’s undermining impact."
Over the weekend Nottingham Forest and Everton paused ahead of their clash to have a minute's silence to remember the victims of the train crash in Greece. The reasoning behind the gesture is Nottingham Forest are owned by Evangelos Marinakis, who is Greek.
While Newcastle and Liverpool paused ahead of their game last month to honour Christian Atsu – an ex-Newcastle player who died in the earthquake that devastated Turkey and Syria.
There were similar concerns that surrounded the No Room For Racism campaign, when teams took a knee before each game.
Ivan Toney was one of the first players to speak out when he decided to stop taking the knee 'as it was no longer having any impact' – and he was soon joined by other footballers. The Premier League responded, and now clubs only take the knee on certain matchdays.
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