The world of football pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II after the death of the monarch at the age of 96

The football world pays its respects following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.

Manchester United’s Europa League match against Real Sociedad, along with West Ham’s match in the Europa Conference League, was held on Thursday with a minute’s silence before kick-off and players wearing black armbands.

“Following instructions from the FA and UEFA, tonight’s UEFA Europa League match against Real Sociedad will take place as scheduled at Old Trafford,” Manchester United said in a statement.

“A minute’s silence will be observed before the start of the match allowing the teams, match officials and all in attendance to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen. Both teams will wear black armbands and the flags at Old Trafford will be flown at half -mast as a sign of our greatest respect.”

Arsenal held a moment of silence before the second half of their Europa League match with FC Zurich, shortly after the Queen’s death was announced.

“UEFA and European football are truly saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, one of the most respected figures in the world,” UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said.

“Our thoughts are with his family and the president of the English Football Association, Prince William, as well as the citizens of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms.”

Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday at the age of 96 after reigning for 70 years, Buckingham Palace announced.

With the death of the queen, her son Carlos automatically becomes monarch and will lead the country in mourning.

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The Premier League said in a statement that it was “deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Royal Family and everyone around the world who mourns the loss of Her Majesty.”

It has not yet been announced if this weekend’s Premier League matches will take place, but other sporting events in Britain have already started to see themselves postponed.

In a statement, the English Football League said an announcement about the Championship, League One and League Two matches would be made soon.

“Consideration in respect of EFL matches will be discussed with the Government and the wider sporting sector over the next period and an appropriate announcement will be made as soon as possible,” EFL chairman Rick Parry said.

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