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West Ham fans paid tribute to The Queen prior to their Europa Conference League clash with FCSB on Thursday night with a rousing rendition of the national anthem. The UK is in mourning after the country’s longest-serving monarch died on Thursday at the age of 96.
The Queen passed away at her Scottish estate, Balmoral, in the afternoon after her family had travelled to be by her side. Some sporting events and matches were cancelled Thursday evening following news of The Queen’s death.
The Rugby Premiership opener between Saracens and Northampton Saints was postponed while the BMW PGA Championship suspended play. English clubs were in action in Europe on Thursday night but their games weren’t postponed.
Arsenal had paid tribute earlier in the day during their clash with FC Zurich in the Europa League. And Manchester United followed suit with a minute’s silence prior to their match with Real Sociedad with both teams also wearing black armbands.
West Ham fans sing The National Anthem pic.twitter.com/rcCGCM1uIK
A minute’s silence was also held at West Ham, but fans broke out into a emotional and heartfelt rendition of God Save The Queen. The national anthem echoed around the London Stadium before a huge round of applause.
The club also paid tribute with a large image of The Queen handing over the World Cup to Bobby Moore back in 1966 on the stadium’s large LED screen. While matches in Europe went ahead on Thursday night, football matches this weekend in England and across the UK are expected to be postponed. The EFL have already confirmed that Friday’s scheduled fixtures have now been postponed with further talks planned on the weekend matches.
The statement read: “As a mark of respect, following the passing of Her Majesty, The Queen Elizabeth II earlier today, the EFL has confirmed that its fixtures scheduled for tomorrow evening (Friday 9 September) – Burnley v Norwich City and Tranmere Rovers v Stockport County – have been postponed.
“A determination regarding the remainder of this weekend’s scheduled fixtures will be made following a review of the official mourning guidance, in addition to further consultation with DCMS and other sports on Friday morning.”
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