Football pays tribute to Prince Philip and remembers his active role in supporting the sport

Football clubs across London and the country have taken to Twitter to share their sadness at Prince Philip’s death.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 99, died this morning, Buckingham Palace announced.  

The Premier League announced that for all matches played today and over the weekend, players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence as a mark of respect.

The FA released a statement in which they sent their condolences to the Queen. 

They said they will be flying all flags at Wembley and St George’s Park at half-mast as a sign of respect.

They recalled his time as President of The FA between 1955 and 1957 and how it was tradition to introduce him to both teams before kick-off. 

The Duke remained an honorary member of the FA and accompanied the Queen for the 1966 FIFA World Cup win at Wembley.

Tottenham Manager, José Mourinho, interrupted a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match against Manchester United to relay his personal sadness when he discovered the news.

He said: “To be very honest and say that I have deep, deep, deep respect for The Royal Family.  

“I believe it is not just this country that is going to be sharing these feelings, because I’m not English and I know that many like myself, we have the utmost respect so I’m sorry to stop.”

Arsenal also paid tribute to the Duke in a statement which spoke of his ‘long association’ with the club.

The Duke opened Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s home, on 26 October 2006 where he spoke to players, supporters and staff.

Arsenal said: “It was an unforgettable day for all concerned.”

They added: “His first visit to Highbury in an official capacity came in October 1952, just eight months after Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne.”  

Chelsea were one of the first clubs to pay tribute.

They tweeted: “Everyone at Chelsea FC is saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.”

Liverpool FC said they will be flying club flags at half-mast as a mark of respect.  

Match of the Day presenter, Gary Lineker, praised him for ‘serving this country over many, many decades’.

Other clubs such as AFC Wimbledon, Manchester City and Manchester United also extended their sympathies to the Royal Family.  

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