Man United issue statement after Queen Elizabeth II passes

Manchester United have issued a statement after the Royal Family tragically announced that Queen Elizabeth II peacefully passed away earlier on Thursday.

The Reds are due to play the Europa League curtain-raiser against Real Sociedad on Thursday and news of Her Majesty’s passing broke shortly prior to kick-off.

Tributes in Her Majesty’s honour were flooding in on social media, with the official Manchester United Twitter account almost immediately issuing a statement on proceedings going forward.

According to the National World, the United Kingdom will now enter a nine-day mourning period and as part of that plan, sport fixtures will be postponed.

That would include Manchester United’s game against Real Sociedad on Thursday night but the club swiftly made a statement confirming that the fixture will go ahead as planned.

“Manchester United shares the sorrow of the entire nation following the announcement from Buckingham Palace on the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen,” a statement on the official Manchester United website read.

“The club recognises her immense contribution to public life, including sport, both here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world.

“Everyone connected with Manchester United joins the wider football family in sending our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to The Royal Family.

“Following direction from the FA and UEFA, tonight’s UEFA Europa League fixture against Real Sociedad will take place as planned at Old Trafford.
“A minute’s silence will be held before kick-off which will allow the teams, match officials and everyone in attendance to pay their respects to Her Majesty, The Queen. Both teams will wear black armbands and the flags at Old Trafford will fly at half-mast as a sign of our utmost respect.”
Manchester United players will take part in a minute of silence ahead of kick-off against Real Sociedad and wear black armands as they pay their respects to the nation’s longest reigning monarch. It remains to be seen whether United’s fixtures going forward are affected and further guidance is now awaited from the club.
Everyone at Stretty News joins the nation in mourning Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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