Jose Mourinho has paid a heartfelt tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her death, with the Roma coach finding out in the middle of his side’s Europa League game.
The Italian club were beaten 2-1 by Ludogorets on Thursday night, with news of the queen’s death breaking just moments before the teams returned to the pitch for the second half.
Mourinho has spent much of his managerial life in England, having worked twice at Chelsea and also managing Manchester United and Tottenham.
He’s still calling London and was incredibly moved by the Queen’s death as he paid an impromptu tribute to Her Majesty in his post-match interview.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Mourinho said: “I’m so sorry to hear this news.
“I’m not a foreigner in the UK, it’s my home, my family’s home, we’ve lived there for many years.
“She was a wonderful character. I don’t know anyone who didn’t respect her. She was both a great lady and a queen.”
Queen Elizabeth II dead: key details
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, her death was announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.
She died aged 96 at her home in Balmoral surrounded by her family, including her son and heir apparent Charles, the Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke of Cambridge Prince William and the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry .
Follow the Metro.co.uk live blog for the latest updates.
Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s death around 6.30pm on Thursday night, with Arsenal observing a minute’s silence ahead of the second half in their Europa League clash against FC Zurich – although marred by some boos and jeers.
Manchester United and West Ham immaculately observed a minute’s silence in their own Europa League and Europa Conference League games, with the east London club’s supporters even breaking into a rendition of God Save The King.
The decision to stage these games came largely from UEFA, who did not want to reschedule the games so close to kick-off as many fans were already away.
However, this weekend’s Premier League and Football League games are expected to be postponed as the UK goes into 10 days of official mourning.
The EFL have already confirmed their Friday night games – Burnley against Norwich in the Championship and Tranmere Rovers against Stockport County in the second tier – have been cancelled.
A statement also confirmed that an announcement regarding the weekend would be made on Friday morning: ‘A decision regarding the remainder of this weekend’s scheduled games will be made following a review of official funeral guidance, in addition to further consultations with DCMS and other sports on Friday morning.’
For more stories like this, visit our sports page.
Follow Metro Sport for the latest news
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.