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Tributes pour in from football worldwide after Queen Elizabeth II dies, aged 96

September 9 -Tributes have poured in from football worldwide following the death of England’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, aged 96, yesterday.

Manchester United and West Ham held a minute’s silence before their European ties while Arsenal and FC Zurich – whose game against FC Zurich had already kicked off when the Queen’s death was announced – paid a moving tribute at half time at Zurich’s stadium, Stadion Letzigrund, with Zurich arranging for an image of the Queen smiling to be portrayed on the big screen while both sets of players gathered round the centre circle for a minutes’ silence.

All Premier League and EFL clubs posted tributes on their websites and social media.

Footballing legend Pele said on Twitter: “I have been a great admirer of Queen Elizabeth II since the first time I saw her in person, in 1968, when she came to Brazil to witness our love for football and experienced the magic of a packed Maracana. Her deeds have marked generations. This legacy will last forever.”

The Queen presented the Jules Rimet trophy to the winning captain, Bobby Moore, after England’s 4-2 win over West Germany in 1966. She, like the rest of England, understood the importance of football to the nation she stood at the head of for over 70 years, sending a message to England manager Gareth Southgate before the Euro 2020 final against Italy last year saying: “Fifty-five years ago, I was fortunate to present the World Cup to Bobby Moore and saw what it meant to the players, management and support staff to reach and win the final of a major international football tournament.

“I want to send my congratulations and that of my family to you all on reaching the final of the European Championships and send my good wishes for tomorrow with the hope that history will record not only your success but also the spirit, commitment and pride with which you have conducted yourselves.”

FIFA president Gianni Infantino paid tribute, saying:…

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Author : Paul Nicholson

Publish date : 2022-09-09 08:21:20

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