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Fans boo during minute's silence for the Queen's death during Zurich vs Arsenal Europa League game

Ryan Sidle

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Fans boo during minute's silence for the Queen's death during Zurich vs Arsenal Europa League game

Arsenal and FC Zurich players held a minute's silence ahead of the second half of their Europa League group game, following the announcement that Queen Elizabeth II had passed away.

The news of the Queen's death came about at 6.30pm on Thursday evening in the UK, which was pretty much the same time that the two sides were heading off the pitch for half time.

When they arrived back for the second half, the players lined up on the centre circle and took part in a minute's silence in honour of the Queen.

A picture of the Queen was displayed on the screen at the Stadion Letzigrund during the silence. Most of the minute appeared to be met with respect but there did seem to be booing before the referee blew his whistle to signify the end of the period of silence.



Arsenal's game was the early kick off, with Manchester United set to start their campaign in the competition against Real Sociedad at Old Trafford later in the evening.

The Red Devils confirmed that a minute's silence would be held before their game against the Spanish side, and both teams would wear black armbands.

"Manchester United shares the sorrow of the entire nation following the announcement from Buckingham Palace on the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen," a statement on the club's website said.

"The club recognises her immense contribution to public life, including sport, both here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world.

Fans outside Old Trafford learn of the news on their phones. Image: Alamy
Fans outside Old Trafford learn of the news on their phones. Image: Alamy

"Everyone connected with Manchester United joins the wider football family in sending our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to The Royal Family.

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

Featured Image Credit: CBS

Topics: Arsenal, Europa League, Premier League

Ryan Sidle
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