Monday 22 January 2018

Declan Lynch: The new season is off to a riotous start

The lead-up to the Premiership was marred by the prospect of match cancellations, writes Declan Lynch

On the day that Princess Diana died, a Premiership game was supposed to take place between Liverpool and Newcastle Utd. On hearing the terrible news from Paris, many of us assumed that there would perhaps be a minute's silence before the match, or even that the players might wear black armbands, the traditional mark of respect.

And then, throughout the morning, we began to hear suggestions, little more than rumours at first, that the authorities were considering another course of action.

Astoundingly, by lunchtime we were hearing that the match might actually be called off, and soon this was being reported by Reuters and the Press Association as an established fact.

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