Old Trafford and London Stadium set a gloomy mood for Manchester United and West Ham’s European games as the players wear black armbands, a minute’s silence is held and billboards are taken out to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s death
- Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96
- The European matches of Manchester United and West Ham continued
- Both clubs wore black armbands and put out their billboards
- A minute of silence was also held in both stadiums prior to kick-off
- There was a gloomy mood in both areas following the news of the Queen’s death
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Manchester United and West Ham both paid their respects to the Queen before and during their European matches following her death at the age of 96 on Thursday afternoon.
Buckingham Palace announced the Queen’s death around 6.30pm on Thursday, just as the turnstiles opened for the 8pm kick-off in Manchester and London.
United, which hosted Spain’s Real Sociedad in the Europa League, chose not to play pre-match music and the billboards were turned off after the news.
Both sets of players wore black armbands for the game, and United boss Erik ten Hag also wore one over his suit.
Before kick-off, there was a minute of silence in honor of the Queen.
Robbie Savage, who co-commented the match for BT Sport, noted that the minute of silence was served “impeccably”.
Meanwhile, lead commentator Ian Darke praised the Sociedad fans for holding up their scarf while paying a moving tribute to the Queen.
Players and supporters were given a minute’s silence at Old Trafford after the Queen’s death
All players, including Harry Maguire (above) wore a black armband out of respect
The billboards were out at Old Trafford for the entire game
The traveling fans held up their scarf during the minute of silence to pay tribute to the Queen
As the game got underway there was a gloomy atmosphere in the stadium, with fans clearly still having the Queen on their minds rather than focusing purely on the football in front of them.
Meanwhile, West Ham kicked off their Europa Conference League campaign against Romanian team FCSB.
Just like at Old Trafford, the billboards were put out before kick-off.
The East London club decided not to make stadium announcements and played sombre classical music in the run-up to the match.
The scoreboards in the stadium were changed to black, while the badges of both teams were changed to black silhouettes.
West Ham showed a black and white image of the Queen during the minute of silence
Just like at Old Trafford, West Ham players wore black armbands for the match
The players, all wearing black armbands along with the umpires, stood arm in arm around the center circle during the minute of silence as an image of the queen appeared on the big screen.
When the referee blew his whistle to signal the end of the minute of silence, there was thunderous applause followed by a spontaneous rendition of the national anthem God Save the Queen.
West Ham went all the way to the Europa League semi-finals last season and were cheered on by the fans throughout the league, but it was a very different atmosphere in the stadium this time after news of the Queen’s death.