Alex Scott is nursing a broken heart after she revealed her sadness following the death of Arsenal supporter Maria Petri, who passed away at the age of 82.
Maria was a loyal supporter of the football club since 1950, including the Arsenal Ladies side in which Alex played in. Following the news of her death, Alex paid an emotional tribute to her on social media.
Sharing a smiling photo of the two women together at one of the club’s games, Alex penned: “Arsenal through and through… Thank you for the love, the passion, the songs and support for us from the very beginning. We will never forget you Maria, we love you.”
She accompanied her post with a broken heart and a crying emoji.
Maria often referred to the club as her “family”. Speaking to DAZN earlier this year, she said: “I’m now an 82-year-old orphan. Because I don’t have any nuclear family, I see Arsenal as my family.”
She also said: “I shall be oh so upset when I die, I won’t be able to watch Arsenal anymore.”
Arsenal released a statement on Friday, hailing Maria’s “legendary support” and said that her absence “will truly leave a void on matchdays at Emirates Stadium, Meadow Park and at away matches wherever we are playing”.
The club added: “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club can’t quite believe that you won’t be able to give your very special support to our club anymore. You’ve been one in a million and we’ll never forget you, Maria.”