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

Manchester, England, 8th September 2022. A flag is lowered to half mast on the East stand following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II before the UEFA Europa League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture credit should read: Andrew Yates / Sportimage

FOOTBALL paid tribute to The Queen on Thursday night with a minute’s silence and black armbands in memory of Her Majesty.

Buckingham Palace announced Queen Elizabeth II had passed away after The Royal Family gathered at Balmoral.

Manchester United flew their flag at half-mast

Fans listened to the television as coverage of the Queen’s death

All advertising was blacked out at the London Stadium

Old Trafford fell silent to remember The Queen

Both sets of players gathered in the middle of the pitch as players wore black armbands

Players at the London Stadium wore black armbands

A picture of the Queen was projected on the screens ahead of kick-off in East London

Sociedad supporters held their flags aloft in tribute

Later in the evening, Manchester United hosted Real Sociedad and West Ham played at home to FCSB.

And both matches saw fitting tributes paid to The Queen after it was confirmed the games would go ahead.

A statement from Man Utd read: “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.

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

Fans perfectly respected the minute’s silence before kick-off

Supporters looked very emotional as they took in the pre-match silence

The Queen’s death has been felt around the world

A moment of silence was carried out before the second half of Arsenal’s game in Zurich

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

Following the Queen’s death, Old Trafford flew their flags at half-mast as fans arrived to the ground.

And supporters already in the stadium watched the coverage on screens in the concourse.

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

The Queen’s passing comes as…

  • Liz Truss hailed the Queen as ‘the rock on which modern Britain was built’
  • King Charles told of his ‘greatest’ sadness as he paid tribute to his mother
  • The Queen went from a shy daddy’s girl to a hero who dedicated her life to the country
  • The Union flag flew at half mast as the devastating news was announced
  • Prince Charles has now become King Charles III
  • Prince Harry was pictured holding his head as he travelled to Balmoral to be with his family
  • Crowds have gathered at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and Balmoral to pay tribute to the Queen

And all advertising hoardings around the ground had been blacked out.

At the London Stadium, West Ham adopted the same measures for their match.

And the minute’s silence at both stadiums was perfectly respected before kick-off.

Earlier in the evening, a moment of silence was carried out before the second half of Arsenal’s game against FC Zurich in Switzerland.

That came just minutes after her tragic death had been announced.