West Ham fans sing national anthem instead of minute's silence for the Queen
West Ham United fans decided to take their own spin on things to pay tribute to the Queen, following her death on Thursday, by signing the national anthem during a minute's silence.
On Thursday evening it was announced that the Queen had passed away, aged 96-years-old, with the news coming at half time during the early Europa League kick offs.
A minute's silence was hastily arranged for the beginning of the second half in Arsenal's visit to Zurich FC, with some booing during the tribute.
With the news coming so close to kick off in the evening games, there was no chance of matches in Europe being cancelled at such short notice.
However, games involving Manchester United and West Ham did feature silences in tribute, although the one at the London Stadium wasn't that silent.
Instead fans decided to sing "God Save The Queen" as the players congregated around the centre circle.
West Ham fans sing The National Anthem pic.twitter.com/rcCGCM1uIK— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) September 8, 2022
West Ham fans simply the best ⚒⚒⚒ pic.twitter.com/w4u8dbwLw0— Dave Weller (@daw582) September 8, 2022
Minutes applause and spontaneous national anthem here at West Ham pic.twitter.com/Kn8JzqZco1— Mark Thomas (@mark76thomas) September 8, 2022
David Moyes' side had a great run in Europe last season, getting to the semi final of the Europa League before being beaten by eventual champions Eintracht Frankfurt.
However, they narrowly missed out on being in the competition again this season, losing on the last day of the previous Premier League campaign to finish seventh.
On Thursday they were playing in the Europa Conference League for the first time, facing Romanian side FCSB, in a group that also includes Silkeborg and Anderlecht.
Despite the amazing tribute to the Queen, the players were not inspired in the first half and fell behind to the visitors in the 34th minute.
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