Richard Keys makes Premier League postponement claim ahead of Aston Villa vs Southampton

Richard Keys has weighed in on the decision to allow seven of the 10 Premier League fixtures to go ahead this weekend.

Well-known football presenter Richard Keys has responded to the Premier League’s decision to go ahead with the majority of games this weekend.

All Premier League fixtures were cancelled last weekend as a mark of respect to the Queen, who passed away last week.

There was doubt over whether this weekend’s fixtures would go ahead amid concerns over police resources in the lead up to Monday’s funeral.

And three games have been postponed for that reason, but the remaining seven games will go ahead as planned.

That includes Friday night’s clash between Aston Villa and Southampton, which will restart the Premier League schedule as part of the final weekend before international football takes centre stage.


There was criticism over last weekend’s postponements, with the likes of Gary Neville and Peter Crouch feeling as tough tributes would have been better paid with stadiums full.

And so those parties will be delighted to see football resume this weekend, but that does not count for everyone.

Football presenter Keys has questioned the decision, feeling as though all games should be postponed again this weekend.

Richard Keys. Picture: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

“I’m beginning to think we should cancel football this w/e as well,” he wrote on Twitter. “Those that wanted to play last w/e were perhaps in shock & didn’t understand the enormity of what had happened.

“There certainly can’t be any doubt now. Never mind about ‘fitting them in’. Deal with that later.”


The Queen’s funeral will take place on Monday, and the day will be a bank holiday in the UK.

The Premier League has cancelled the fixture taking place on Monday, while two weekend fixtures have been cancelled due to police shortages.

Keys currently works for BeIn Sports after leaving Sky Sports in 2011 following the leaking of a sexist conversation with co-host Andy Gray.