Manchester United confirmed that its Europa League match against Real Sociedad will continue as scheduled, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II late on Thursday.
United is supposed to host Real Sociedad at Old Trafford in its opening fixture. However, the death of the Queen posed questions about whether the match in England would go ahead as proceedings after the demise are expected to emanate from the Palace.
“Manchester United shares the sorrow of the entire nation following the announcement from Buckingham Palace on the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen,” the club said in a statement.
“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.”
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