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Football fans boo and shout obscene remarks during a minute's silence to mark Queen Elizabeth death

Football fans captivate and shout obscene comments during a minute’s silence to mark Queen Elizabeth’s death, causing supporters to clash during Hearts’ Europa League Conference clash in Edinburgh

  • News of Queen Elizabeth’s death broke during the match at Tynecastle Stadium
  • Hearts took on Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in a European match
  • Minute of silence was held at the beginning of the second half of the game on the ground
  • But after a supporter yelled swear words at the queen, it turned into chaos
  • One fan claimed the minute of silence was ‘a very bad idea and embarrassing’
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s death

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Fans shouted obscenities and did not hold a minute of silence at a match between Hearts and Istanbul Basaksehir, following news of the queen’s death.

The European Conference League game, held at Tynecastle Stadium in Edinburgh, started on Thursday evening at 5:45 PM, after which a playful announcement was made as the teams returned to the field at halftime that Her Majesty The Queen had passed away.

Fans at the match, which was broadcast live on BBC Scotland, were instructed that a minute’s silence would be held ‘starting and ending with the referee’s whistle’ before the second half could begin.

But after a fan yelled “F*** the Queen,” others began shouting abuse at them.

Fans on opposite terraces argued as the minute of silence began and when some began to sing God Save The Queen, others started whooping.

Although both the teams and officials heeded the sign of respect, the minute of silence turned into chaos.

One fan said: ‘It was a really bad idea in the first place, but it was embarrassing.

A minute's silence held at the start of the second half in Tynecastle soon descended into chaos

A minute’s silence held at the start of the second half in Tynecastle soon descended into chaos

Hearts players observed the minute of silence in the middle of the field before the restart

Hearts players observed the minute of silence in the middle of the field before the restart

Hearts players observed the minute of silence in the middle of the field before the restart

Hearts players wore black armbands as a sign of respect after Queen Elizabeth's death

Hearts players wore black armbands as a sign of respect after Queen Elizabeth's death

Hearts players wore black armbands as a sign of respect after Queen Elizabeth’s death

“Some people captivated, some cursed and threw obscenities, some tried to observe the minute of silence. Others sang God Save The Queen. It was a total mess and not very respectful considering that our beloved Queen has passed away.

“Whatever you think of the monarchy, she has served our country for 70 years.

‘She’s going to be laid to rest in Edinburgh tomorrow and people behave like that. It’s unbelievable.’

Other fans started singing ‘God Save The Queen’, but that too was received with cheers from the audience.

Many took to social media to denounce the “shocking behaviour.”

Their Europa League clash took place after Queen Elizabeth II was announced dead on Thursday

Their Europa League clash took place after Queen Elizabeth II was announced dead on Thursday

Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96, British sports schedule has been halted

People gathered outside Buckingham Palace after the sad announcement of her death

People gathered outside Buckingham Palace after the sad announcement of her death

People gathered outside Buckingham Palace after the sad announcement of her death

One person described it as “disgusting”, while another fan said it was an “absolute shame”.

The Queen’s death in Scotland has sparked contingency plans known as Operation Unicorn.

As part of the long-standing so-called London Bridge arrangements for the aftermath of Elizabeth’s death, Unicorn is initiating additional ceremonial events in Edinburgh ahead of the logistics of returning the Queen’s coffin to London.

The Earl Marshal in charge of the plans, along with royal aides and the government, will quickly adjust the overarching timetable to include the Scottish element, while the army, clergy and police turn their attention to the immense practicalities .

WHAT SPORTS EVENTS ARE AFFECTED AFTER THE QUEEN’S DEATH?

american football

Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Real Sociedad at Old Trafford and West Ham’s match against FCSB in the Europa Conference League at London Stadium kicked off Thursday night with pre-match tributes.

The Northern Ireland Football League has announced Friday night’s games between Cliftonville and Glentoran and Larne and Dungannon have been postponed.

The English Football League also confirmed Friday night’s Championship game between Burnley and Norwich and the League Two game between Tranmere and Stockport had been postponed, with a decision on Saturday’s game yet to be made.

Cricket

Friday’s match between England and South Africa men at The Oval, along with any scheduled matches in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy, will not take place.

Rugby Union

Northampton announced the postponement of their Premiership Rugby Cup game against Saracens, scheduled for Thursday night.

The Scottish Rugby Union has postponed all domestic competitive matches this weekend as a mark of respect and the summer women’s test international between Scotland and Spain on Sunday is also cancelled.

golf

Play has been suspended for a day at the BMW PGA Championship and there will be no play on Friday.

formula 1

Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix will go ahead as planned with a minute of silence scheduled for Friday’s practice and another minute before the race.

horse racing

Racing at Southwell and Chelmsford on Thursday night was discontinued. The British Horseracing Authority also announced that meetings scheduled for Friday – including the third day of the St Leger meeting in Doncaster – have also been cancelled.

Athletics

The Great North Run, the largest half marathon in the world, is scheduled for Sunday. The organizers canceled the 5k sister event on Friday, with a decision on the main race on Friday.

Cycling

Friday’s Tour of Britain stage was promptly canceled and later on Thursday night the remainder of the tour, which was to finish on the Isle of Wight on Sunday, was called off entirely.

The royal family has already made the urgent flight to Balmoral, with Charles – the new king – and the Queen’s other children, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex at the monarch’s bedside.

While preparations for the funeral are in full swing, the process of accession for a new head of state begins immediately.

Prince Charles, 73, is now de facto king, although protocol dictates that he be proclaimed the new monarch the day after the Queen’s death.

This will take place at a meeting of the Accession Council, which usually meets at St James’s Palace in London. The code name for King Charles’ accession to the throne is Operation Spring Tide.

Members of the Royal Family are expected to hold a poignant vigil around the Queen’s coffin in Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral in the coming days.

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