FSA seeks refunds from fans as matches postponed after Queen’s death

The Football Supporters’ Association has called on fans left behind by the postponement of matches after the Queen’s death to be treated with sympathy.

Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the FSA, has urged railway chiefs and football authorities to ensure fans who are due to travel to away games this weekend do not lose out as a result of the decision to suspend the program as a mark of respect.

Clarke told the PA news agency: “There’s a big question out there about refunds, advance train tickets that have been booked for away games and all that.

Now is not the time to be asking fans to spend money on things that aren’t happening.

“We would certainly expect the rail industry and the football authorities to take a very sympathetic view on this.

“Now is not a good time to be asking fans to spend money on things that aren’t happening.”

The Football Association, of which the Queen was a longtime patron, announced on Friday that all matches scheduled for this weekend, from Premier League and EFL level to the grassroots game, would be postponed.

Other sports, including cricket, golf and both rugby codes, opted to go ahead as planned with tributes paid beforehand.

The FSA said in a statement on Friday: “We believe football is at its best when it brings people together at times of great national significance – whether those are times of joy or times of grief.

“Our view, which we have shared with the football authorities, is that most supporters would have liked to attend games this weekend and pay their respects to the Queen alongside their fellow supporters.”

Competitors, officials and spectators alike the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the Third Test between England and South Africa at the Oval and the Betfred Super League play-off eliminator between Huddersfield and Salford were able to do it.

Asked if this reinforced the FSA’s view, Clarke, who admitted there was a range of views even within its membership, said: “We think there is had other ways to pay tribute that would have actually been more meaningful than just canceling everything, especially with things like kids football.

“I’m sure young people could have found better ways to do that than sitting at home on their Xboxes or hanging out with their parents for alternative events.”

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