Football Supporters Federation backs decision to snub Baroness Thatcher tributes

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The Football Supporters Federation back the decision from football organisations not to ask clubs to hold Margaret Thatcher tributes.

The Football Supporters Federation have given their backing to the Premier League and the Football League for deciding against asking clubs to pay tribute to the late Baroness Thatcher.

The football organisations announced yesterday that clubs will not be forced to hold a minute's silence for the former Prime Minister, who passed away from a stroke yesterday.

A statement from Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke said: "The FSF backs the decision made by the football authorities not to impose a minute's silence across all fixtures this weekend to mark the death of Margaret Thatcher. Should individual clubs wish to hold a minute's silence or commemorate the passing of Margaret Thatcher in their own manner that is a matter for them.

"We would expect that most fans' thoughts this weekend will turn to the friends and families of those 96 fellow supporters who lost their lives at Hillsborough 24 years ago."

Meanwhile, Reading chairman John Madejski has called for football to acknowledge the death of Thatcher, but the Royals have instead opted to hold a minute's silence for the Hillsborough victims on Saturday.

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