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

English Football League (EFL) fixtures scheduled for Friday have been postponed while tributes were paid before and during English teams’ European matches on Thursday.

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

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.

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

The EFL announced that both its fixtures scheduled for Friday would be postponed as a mark of respect. Burnley were due to host Norwich City in the Championship, while Tranmere Rovers were scheduled to face Stockport County in League Two.

The EFL said a decision would be made on this weekend’s fixtures on Friday.

EFL’s statement read:

A determination regarding the remainder of this weekend’s scheduled fixtures will be made following a review of the official mourning guidance, in addition to further consultation with DCMS and other sports on Friday morning.

A similar decision about this weekend’s Premier League fixtures is also expected on Friday, while other sporting events in Britain have already begun to see postponements.

The English Premier League said in a statement:

The League is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

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.

With the death of the queen, her son Charles automatically becomes monarch and will lead the country in mourning. Royal officials said he had chosen to call himself King Charles III.

By Debbie

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