New Zealand shooting: Premier League & FA organisers accused of double standards

New Zealand shooting: Premier League & FA organisers accused of double standards

- New Zealand attack has seen EPL and FA Cup organised accused of not paying tributes to the victims of New Zealand shooting attack

- About 50 people were killed during the shootings while 48 others suffered severe injuries

- Former EPL chief Lunat blames the league bodies to pay tributes to the affected families as they did in 2015 during Paris attack

Premier League and FA Cup organisers have been slammed for not observing silence for the victims of the New Zealand shooting during their matches over the weekend.

Five EPL and four FA Cup matches were played across nine match venues but none paid tribute to the people murdered by the shooter in the process.

According to BBC, no fewer than 50 people lost their lives in the New Zealand's mosque attack and Six Nations and rugby league games held silences during their games this weekend.

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The publication also referred to the November 2015's Paris attacks where Premier League clubs wore black bands and France's national anthem was played before the games.

Meanwhile, former FA race equality board chair, Yunus Lunat, has labelled the action by the authorities "hypocrisy".

During the tributes four seasons back, Premier League chief Richard Scudamore said it was an act of "solidarity and remembrance" following the death of about 130 people in the French capital attacks.

Lunat told BBC Sport: "There is no excuse, whenever something has happened, not even on the same scale, football has always come out and paid tribute.

"It is double standards and hypocrisy. To hold a minute's silence was the right thing to do. When it happens for the events, it has to happen across the board for every attack."

The fatal shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday killed 50 people and left a further 48 wounded.

When the EPL organisers were asked why they didn't observe silence at their match centers, they pointed to their post on Twitter sating: 'thoughts were with those affected by the terrible events'.

Meanwhile, the English Football League has yet to respond to BBC Sport's request for comment.

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The Paris attacks of November 13, 2015 saw gunmen and bombers hit a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars almost simultaneously with 130 people dead and hundreds wounded. earlier reported that shootings at two mosques in the City of Christchurch, New Zealand, have left 49 dead, after a 28-year-old white supremacist opened fire at two mosques.

According to Daily Mail, death toll stands at 49 but could climb higher with several others seriously injured.

Police in New Zealand confirmed that there were multiple fatalities after shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

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