For goodness sake, if Oakwell and Barnsley FC supporters are expected to remain silent to show their respect to the former Prime Minister - it could never happen. That would be perceived as the authorities inciting the fans to riot.

Two Premier League chairmen, Reading's John Madejski and Wigan's Dave Whelan, have called for the former prime minister's death to be commemorated this weekend.

Speaking to the press Whelan has called for the FA to arrange a tribute before his own club's FA Cup semi-final against Millwall at Wembley on Saturday, saying: '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 favour 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.

'Mrs Thatcher was a very, very special lady and a very special Prime Minister. After Winston Churchill, we have probably had two or three really good PMs and she was definitely one of those.'

Reading chairman Madejski said: 'We have got to appreciate that Margaret Thatcher was a world leader who did so much for this country. She deserves a minute's silence.'

I was going to be very careful on this issue and keep my own counsel, especially as I would not wish to offend, but overall the sentiment being expressed makes me very unhappy. Not least because it would lead to the creation of a very dangerous precedent.

To illustrate my point, let me make a comparison. Wheras one political leader helped build the NHS, achieved full employment, built 1 million new homes and built 1,000 new schools - which employed 25,000 new teachers, the other created record levels of unemployment, halved the capacity of British manufacturing,  closed hospitals and schools, whilst also taking the milk out of school childrens mouths.

There was no minutes silence or a grand funeral with military pomp for Clement Atlee.  I will leave it up to you to fathom which of the previous descriptions describe his political legacy.

For goodness sake, if Oakwell and Barnsley FC supporters are expected to remain silent and show their respect to the former Prime Minister - it could never happen. That would be perceived as the authorities inciting the fans to riot.

In another universe, that would be about as ridiculous as football fans collectively singing "Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead", between the 84th - 85th minute of play, in honour of those who struggled throughout the miner's strike.

Come on, what would be the chances of that happening?

Reds fans. Do you think there should be any formal events in football for the deaths of political leaders? How should sport in general respond to events like this in your opinion? Thanks for reading and feel free to comment below, or join the debate on Twitter by following @OnThePontyEnd.
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