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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho interrupts press conference to pay tribute to Prince Philip


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho interrupts his press conference after learning of Prince Philip’s death, and reveals his ‘deep, deep, deep respect for the Royal Family’

Jose Mourinho interrupted his pre-match press conference on Friday to make an emotional tribute to Prince Philip, who passed away earlier in the day. 

It was announced that the Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Her Majesty The Queen for more than 73 years, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Friday morning at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. 

In his pre-match press conference for Sunday’s visit of Manchester United, Tottenham manager Mourinho admitted he has a ‘deep, utmost respect’ for the Royal Family and that sadness surrounding the Duke of Edinburgh will be felt worldwide.

Jose Mourinho paid tribute to the late Duke of Edinburgh in his press conference on Friday

Prince Philip (right), the husband of the Queen, passed away on Friday at the age of 99

Prince Philip (right), the husband of the Queen, passed away on Friday at the age of 99  

Mourinho stopped in his tracks before saying: ‘Sorry I just read some sad news about Prince Philip so I would like to express my condolences to the Royal family and to be very honest and say that I have a deep, deep, deep, utmost respect for the Royal Family. So my big condolences. 

‘It’s not just this country that is going to be sharing these feelings. Because I’m not English and I know that many like myself have the utmost respect.’

Earlier on Friday, Tottenham had released a statement expressing their heartfelt condolences to the Queen and the Royal Family over Prince Philip’s passing. 

Tottenham issued the above statement earlier on Friday before Mourinho's press conference

Tottenham issued the above statement earlier on Friday before Mourinho’s press conference

The Spurs manager admitted he has a 'deep, deep, deep, upmost respect' for the Royal Family

The Spurs manager admitted he has a ‘deep, deep, deep, upmost respect’ for the Royal Family

The statement read: ‘We are all deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

‘Our thoughts and sympathies are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.’ 

The Duke had struggled with poor health this year and was treated in hospital for 28 days while battling an infection and a pre-existing heart condition.  

Tottenham striker and England captain Harry Kane also posted a tribute to Prince Philip on Twitter, with the statement: ‘My condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.’

Spurs striker and England captain Harry Kane expressed his condolences to the Royal Family

Spurs striker and England captain Harry Kane expressed his condolences to the Royal Family

Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker offered his condolences to the Royal Family on Friday

Former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker offered his condolences to the Royal Family on Friday

The Football Association also offered its condolences to the Royal Family on Friday afternoon

The Football Association also offered its condolences to the Royal Family on Friday afternoon

Former Tottenham striker and BBC Match of the Day host Gary Lineker hailed the Duke for ‘serving this country over many, many decades’.

‘Sorry to hear that Prince Philip has passed away,’ he said. ‘Served this country over many, many decades. Sincerest condolences to Her Majesty, The Queen and The Royal Family. RIP Prince Philip.’ 

The Football Association also announced that it has offered their condolences to The Queen and will fly all flags at Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park at half mast. 

The Premier League also announced that players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence before every kick-off in this weekend’s round of fixtures.  

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