The death on Monday of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will not be observed by the customary minute of silence this coming weekend during games in the English Premier League, Football League, or FA Cup, although it is possible that individual teams could request one, The Guardian reports. Thatcher, as several soccer officials have noted, had no love for the game. That being said, she also presided over British government during a time when hooliganism across the UK was rife.
Nevertheless, certain club owners believe it is wrong not to honor the “Iron Lady” with a minute’s silence. "We have got to appreciate that Margaret Thatcher was a world leader who did so much for this country,” Reading owner John Madejski said. “So much that she deserves a minute's silence."
Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan added: "We owe Mrs. Thatcher a minute's silence. It is not my decision, it is for the FA to decide, but I would be in favor of wearing an armband out of respect to Mrs. Thatcher. We have to say thank you very much for the services the former PM has given us." Though he understands that she did not particularly like the game, Whelan argued, "Football was in a bad way when she was prime minister, we saw all the changes in her time and they should pay tribute to that." He said the fact that there was no minute of silence during the Manchester derby on Monday night was “very disrespectful.”