Premier League players to wear black armbands in tribute to Prince Philip as sporting world reacts to Duke of Edinburgh’s death with Jose Mourinho interrupting Tottenham press conference to pay respects

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Premier League players to wear black armbands in tribute to Prince Philip as sporting world reacts to Duke of Edinburgh’s death with Jose Mourinho interrupting Tottenham press conference to pay respects

The Premier League have announced players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all matches played this weekend in tribute to Prince Philip.

The Royal Family announced on Friday that the Duke of Edinburgh – married to the Queen for 70 years – had passed away at the age of 99.

The Duke of Edinburgh, third left, looks on as Bobby Moore collects the 1966 World Cup

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The Duke of Edinburgh, third left, looks on as Bobby Moore collects the 1966 World Cup

Jockeys and trainers stood for a minute’s silence at Aintree on Friday

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Jockeys and trainers stood for a minute’s silence at Aintree on Friday

In a statement on Friday, the Premier League said it was ‘deeply saddened’ to hear of his passing.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen, The Royal Family and all those around the world mourning the loss of His Royal Highness.

“As a mark of respect, players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off at all Premier League matches played tonight and across the weekend.”

A family affair as Princes Harry, Phillip and William watch on

The Duke was the longest-serving consort in the history of the British royal family

Tributes have flooded in across the capital

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Tributes have flooded in across the capital

There was a two-minute’s silence held at cricket matches in England’s county championship

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There was a two-minute’s silence held at cricket matches in England’s county championship

Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s meeting with his former club Manchester United on Sunday, Jose Mourinho interrupted his press conference to pay his respects to the Duke.

“I want to express my condolences to the Royal family,” Mourinho said.

“To be very honest, I have a deep, deep, deep respect for the Royal family. All my condolences. It’s not just this country sharing this feeling.

“I have the utmost respect. I feel sad for the departure of Prince Philip on a personal basis, because I have only positive feelings for the meaning of the family.

“I feel very sorry, but unfortunately this is life and we have to keep going”.

Meanwhile, Ascot, where the Duke was a regular over the years, said in a statement: “We extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this time.

“We have very happy memories of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh at Ascot where he accompanied Her Majesty The Queen on so many occasions and shared in her successes.

“One of the most memorable moments was in 2012 when His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh presented Her Majesty The Queen with the Queen’s Vase after Estimate’s victory.”

There were also two-minute silences’ at Aintree where the Grand National will take place on Saturday and county cricket games featured his Royal Highness’ image on big screens.

Meanwhile, Scottish Professional Football League chairman Murdoch MacLennan confirmed a minute’s silence would be held before all matches this weekend.

“On behalf of the SPFL and our member clubs, I would like to pass on our sincere and deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the entire royal family,” he added.

“Prince Philip played an enormously important role in the life of Great Britain for more than seven decades. His devotion to duty and his commitment to public service were shining examples to the whole of the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.

“The many contributions he made to society, from his role in promoting conservation and the environment to his patronage of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, have left an indelible mark.”

Published at Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:53:31 +0000

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