Man United and West Ham pay their respects following the Queen's death

Thousands of West Ham fans sing ‘God Save the Queen’ in emotional scenes as they pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth after her death… while Man United stars wear black armbands and the advertising boards are turned off in sombre scenes at Old Trafford

  • Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96 on Thursday evening
  • But Manchester United and West Ham’s European matches still went ahead
  • Both clubs wore black armbands and turned off their advertising boards
  • A minute’s silence was also held at both stadiums ahead of kick-off 
  • West Ham fans emotionally sang ‘God Save the Queen’ before their match 
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Thousands of West Ham fans broke into an emotional rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’ as they played on Thursday night just hours after Queen Elizabeth died.

Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s death at the age of 96 at around 6:30pm on Thursday, just as the turnstiles were opening at the London Stadium.

Following the announcement, players from both teams and the officials all wore black armbands as they gathered around the centre circle for a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off. 

At the end of the minute’s silence there was a ripple of applause followed by a spontaneous rendition of the national anthem by supporters in the stadium. 

West Ham also took other measures to ensure that they paid their respects to the Queen.  

The advertising boards were turned off prior to kick-off, while the east London club decided not to make any stadium announcements and they played sombre classical music in the build-up to the game. 

The scoreboards inside the stadium were also changed to black, while the badges of both teams were altered to black silhouettes.  

Thousands of West Ham fans broke into an emotional rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’ as they played on Thursday night just hours after Queen Elizabeth died 

West Ham showed an image of the Queen in black and white during the minute’s silence

Just like at Old Trafford, the West Ham players wore black armbands for the match

Meanwhile Manchester United, who were hosting Spanish side Real Sociedad in the Europa League, opted not to play any pre-match music and the advertising hoardings were switched off following the news.

Both sets of players wore black armbands for the match, and United boss Erik ten Hag also wore one over his suit.

There was a minute’s silence before kick-off in honour of the Queen.

Robbie Savage, who was co-commentating on the game for BT Sport, noted the minute’s silence was ‘impeccably’ served.

Meanwhile, lead commentator Ian Darke praised the Sociedad fans for holding their scarves up as they paid a touching tribute to the Queen.

The players and supporters served a minute’s silence at Old Trafford after the Queen’s death

All of the players including Harry Maguire (above) wore a black armband out of respect

The advertising boards were turned off throughout the match at Old Trafford

The travelling fans held their scarves up during the minute’s silence to pay tribute to the Queen

As the game got underway, there was a sombre atmosphere inside the stadium.

Arsenal also had a minute’s silence after half-time of their Europa League match in Switzerland. 

The news broke when they were off the pitch with Mikel Arteta’s side and their FC Zurich opponents then returning to pay tribute before resuming.

Arsenal also had a minute’s silence after half-time of their Europa League match in Switzerland




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