Football and rugby divided over Thatcher

TRIBUTES to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher, who died on Monday, continue to divide the sporting world after Saracens and Exeter rugby clubs said they would hold a minute’s silence before weekend matches.

So far the Football Association, Premier League and Football League have not ordered their member clubs to do the same, despite the protests of Wigan and Reading chairmen Dave Whelan and Sir John Madejski.

But former Conservative minister David Mellor believes demanding a tribute from football fans would be a thankless task.

“Why expose football and the memory of Mrs Thatcher to what would be a toe-curlingly awful minute?” he said.