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The good and the great of the sporting world have been paying their respects to Queen Elizabeth II since her death last week on the age of 96 because the world continues to process the lack of Britain’s longest-serving monarch ever. Premier League teams will honour the Queen this weekend with a minute’s silence and the singing of the national anthem at games. 

And teams are also planning a minute’s applause within the seventieth minute to mark her 70 12 months reign. Among the many Premier League legends who’ve paid personal tributes to the Queen is iconic manager Jose Mourinho, who said in a post-match press conference at Roma: “I’m so sorry. I’m not a foreigner in England, it’s my home, my family’s. A figure who’s respected by everyone on the earth disappears, an incredible lady, in addition to a queen.”

But this will not be the primary time that Mourinho has shown his appreciation to the Royal Family. When the Queen’s husband Prince Philip passed away back in April 2021, Mourinho was in command of Tottenham on the time.

As he was giving a press conference ahead of a game against Manchester United, Mourinho took some day trip from his pre-match duties with a purpose to offer his sympathies. “I would like to specific my condolences to the Royal family,” he said unprovoked.

“To be very honest, I actually have a deep, deep, deep respect for the Royal Family. All my condolences. It is not just this country sharing this sense. I actually have the utmost respect. I feel sad for the departure of Prince Philip on a private basis, because I actually have only positive feelings for the meaning of the family.

“I feel very sorry. But unfortunately it’s life and we now have to maintain going.” Meanwhile, not everybody has shown such respect for the Queen, with fans of German side Bayern Munich pleading for authorities to think about the fans with a banner during their Champions League fixture against Barcelona on Tuesday.

The banner read: “Last-minute match delays and bans due to a royal’s death!? Respect fans!” It’s understood the motive behind Bayern’s display was the rearranged fixture between Rangers and Napoli, originally scheduled to happen at Ibrox on Tuesday night before being moved to Wednesday.

The decision was made at short notice in correspondence with reports of ‘severe limitations’ to security and policing resources in Scotland following the passing of Her Majesty.

Last weekend, all football matches in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were postponed following the tragic news.

The choice was largely criticised inside sporting circles with many feeling as if this was a possibility missed for the UK to return together and pay their respects.

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