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The Debate: should a minute's silence be held for Margaret Thatcher?

Sport is divided over how to mark the death of the former Prime Minister


by The Independent on Apr 10, 2013 at 3:06 PM


The death of Baroness Thatcher has led to a debate over whether the former Prime Minister's passing should be marked in the world of sport.

The Premier League, Football League and FA have said they will not formally ask clubs to mark her death.

However, rugby union sides Exeter and Saracens have both announced their weekend Premiership matches will be preceded by a minute's silence.

But what did you think?

We asked you to take part in our poll asking whether you though a minute's silence was appropriate.
Over 1,200 of you took part with the following results.

Yes - there should be a silence: 3 per cent
No - there should not be a silence: 97 per cent.

You can see a range of views and all the best reader comments on the subject below...


Thanks for joining the debate.
  • 4/10/2013 2:03:08 PM
  • It would show just what people think of her boo boo boo I admire the queen I don't think she should atttend the funeral very disappointed
    4/10/2013 3:42:51 PM
  • Irrespective of your political view, a majority of football fans will show no respect whatsoever to the death of one of the great leaders this country has had. Therfore to save embarrasment and us showing the world how there is little or no respect, do not have the silence. Black armbands yes as the terraces cannot influence that sign of respect.
    4/11/2013 1:08:12 PM
  • Totally undignified scenes likely to result. No No NO
    4/11/2013 1:08:52 PM
  • She had no interest in sport and why some managers are contemplating this is beyond belief. My big fear is that the funeral will be hijacked by those in society who perhaps understandably feel forgotten. I am a patriot and see the Queen as a figurehead nothing more but I genuinely feel this iconization of Mrs T will be something we, asa country live to regret
    4/11/2013 1:10:38 PM
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