Queen Elizabeth II’s Death: Premier League, UEFA, Man United, and other Sports Institutions pay tribute

Abstract: Immediately after the Queen’s passing, her eldest son Charles Philip was named the new King of the United Kingdom.

On Thursday, The British Royal Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II at 96 after health complications in Balmoral royal garden in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen died peacefully at Balmoral royal garden in Aberdeen, Scotland.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” the statement read.

Her death ended her seventy-year reign on the throne, which is the second-ever longest reign in Great Britain’s history and also the second-ever reign by any monarch of a sovereign country.

Following the announcement of the death of the Queen, dignitaries and institutions around the world immediately began to send their condolence messages to the Royal families, the people of Great Britain, and people across the world mourning the death of the ruler.

Meanwhile, sports institutions were not left out of commemoration.

Here are some sports institutionsd reactions to Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

Premier League

The logos on the social media accounts of the body in charge of the topflight in England were changed to black, accompanied by a post that read: “The Premier League is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and condolences are with The Royal Family and everyone around the world mourning the loss of Her Majesty.”

Manchester United

A statement was released by The Red Devils immediately after the death of Queen Elizabeth II stating they share the sorrow of the nation.

“Manchester United shares the sorrow of the entire nation following the announcement from Buckingham Palace on the passing of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II,” the club posted on its Facebook page.

The club further announced that all flags at Old Trafford are to be flown at half-mast as a sign of our utmost respect.

Both Manchester United and Real Sociedad players wore black armbands in their Thursday night Europa League match and a one-minute silence was observed by both players and officials before the kick-off creating a sombre mood at Old Trafford.

Arsenal

The death of the Queen was announced during the halftime of their UEFA Europa League 2-1 victory over Switzerland’s FC Zurich at the AFG Arena on Thursday.

On resumption of the second half of the match, players from both teams and match officials took the centre of the pitch to observe a one-minute silence.

This was immediately followed up by a club’s statement saying: We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.

Along with many of our supporters today, we will be taking time to mourn and reflect on Her Majesty’s incredible life and devoted service.”

West Ham United

Instead of observing the traditional minute silence, West Ham fans opted to sing the “God Save The Queen” national anthem as players bowed their heads in silence at the centre circle.

West Ham further released a long statement on the club’s website narrating the relationship between the Hammers.

“Everyone at West Ham United mourns Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing and would like to express sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this time.” a part of the statement read.

Chelsea FC

The Blues changed their logo to a deep black as a sign of mourning for the paramour ruler.

Chelsea further released a post that read: Chelsea Football Club is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We join those mourning in the UK and across the world.

We would like to send our condolences to the Royal Family and everyone affected by this very sad news.

Liverpool

“Liverpool Football Club is saddened by the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. We extend our sincere condolences to The Royal Family,” The Reds posted on all their social media accounts.

England National Team

“It is with profound sadness that we received the news that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has passed away.

Her Majesty the Queen will be forever linked with some of our most memorable moments – including presenting the Jules Rimet Trophy to our 1966 FIFA World Cup-winning side.

We send our deepest condolences to our president, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and the rest of the Royal Family,” the national team said in a statement.

The Women’s Tennis Association(WTA)

The world of Tennis was not also left out as the WTA took to Twitter to mourn her majesty.

“We are saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We are grateful for her contributions to tennis, and our thoughts and condolences are with the British Royal Family.” the tweet read.

Wimbledon

The Twitter page of the oldest Tennis tournament in the world changed its logo to black and its Twitter header to that of the Queen handing a Wimbledon trophy to an unnamed Tennis player.

This was then followed up by a statement that says: “We wish to convey our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to The Royal Family on the sad passing of Her Majesty The Queen.”

The Body governing European football(UEFA)

Although UEFA ensured Europa League matches involving English teams were played on Thursday night, it didn’t stop them from paying a tribute to the Queen with a social media post that read:

“UEFA and European football are truly saddened by the passing away of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, one of the world’s most respected figures.”

A further statement on the body’s website conveyed a condolence message from UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.

“UEFA and European football are truly saddened by the passing away of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, one of the world’s most respected figures.

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

Formula 1

“Formula 1 was today mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who has passed away at the age of 96.

Leading the sport’s tributes to Queen Elizabeth II was Formula 1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali, who said: “Formula 1 mourns the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” a part of the statement released by the body read.

Upon the announcement of the Queen’s death, her eldest son Charles Philip was named the new King of the United Kingdom and will be officially known as King Charles III.

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  • Olorunfemi Victor Temitope is a freelance journalist with keen interest in sports especially football. He began his career as a Content Creator at Opera News Hub before joining AAUA Insider as a Sports Editor where he works till now, he is also part time News Writer at 3rdHub Entertainment and a Sports Influencer on Boomplay’s Boombuzz.
    Victor is also a Researcher and a Sports  Analyst.

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