Man Utd and West Ham pay emotional tribute to Queen with minute’s silence and black armbands ahead of European games

FOOTBALL honored the Queen with a minute’s silence and black armbands in memory of Her Majesty on Thursday night.

Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II after the royal family gathered at Balmoral.

Manchester United flies its flag at half-mast

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Manchester United flies its flag at half-mastPhoto credit: Sportimage
Fans listened to television coverage of the Queen's death

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Fans listened to television coverage of the Queen’s deathPhoto credit: AFP
At the London Stadium, all advertising was blacked out

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At the London Stadium, all advertising was blacked outCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
Old Trafford fell silent to remember the Queen

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Old Trafford fell silent to remember the QueenPhoto credit: AFP
Both groups of players gathered in the middle of the field as the players wore black armbands

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Both groups of players gathered in the middle of the field as the players wore black armbandsCredit: EPA
The players at the London Stadium wore black armbands

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The players at the London Stadium wore black armbandsPhoto credit: Getty
An image of the Queen was projected onto the screens before kick-off in East London

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An image of the Queen was projected onto the screens before kick-off in East LondonCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
Sociedad supporters waved their flags in honor

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Sociedad supporters waved their flags in honorPhoto credit: Getty

Later in the evening, Manchester United lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad at Old Trafford and West Ham defeated FCSB 3-1 at the London Stadium.

And in both games, due tribute was paid to The Queen after it was confirmed the games would go ahead.

A statement from Man Utd read: “Upon instructions from the FA and UEFA, tonight’s UEFA Europa League game against Real Sociedad will take place at Old Trafford as scheduled.

“A minute’s silence will be observed before kick-off to allow the teams, match officials and everyone present to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen.

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Man Utd players and staff wore black armbands in memory of the Queen

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Man Utd players and staff wore black armbands in memory of the QueenPhoto credit: Sportimage
The fans perfectly respected the minute of silence before kick-off

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The fans perfectly respected the minute of silence before kick-offPhoto credit: BT Sport
The fans looked very emotional as they took on the pre-game silence

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The fans looked very emotional as they took on the pre-game silencePhoto credit: BT Sport
The Queen's death has been felt around the world

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The Queen’s death has been felt around the worldPhoto credit: BT Sport
A minute's silence was observed before the second half of the Arsenal game in Zurich

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A minute’s silence was observed before the second half of the Arsenal game in ZurichPhoto credit: Getty
The Queen has been welcomed at games across Europe, including in Rome ahead of Lazio against Feyenoord

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The Queen has been welcomed at games across Europe, including in Rome ahead of Lazio against FeyenoordCredit: EPA

“Both teams will wear black armbands and the Old Trafford flags will be flown at half-staff as a sign of our utmost respect.”

After the death of the Queen, Old Trafford flew its flags at half-mast as fans arrived on the ground.

And fans who were already in the stadium followed the coverage on screens in the hall.

When the teams came out before the game, the black armbands were visible on both groups of players.


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And all the billboards around the compound had been blacked out.

At the London stadium, West Ham took the same measures for their game.

And the minute’s silence in both stadiums was observed perfectly before kick-off.

Then at half-time BT Sport decided against showing ads as they simply aired a black screen saying ‘BT Sport’ until coverage returned.

A minute’s silence was observed early in the evening before the second half of Arsenal’s game against FC Zurich in Switzerland.

This happened just minutes after her tragic death was announced.

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