Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham pay tribute to the Queen in a somber evening of Europa League and Europa Conference League football


It was a somber evening of football with Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham all in action just hours after news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death was announced.

The three Premier League clubs were all due to be in European action on Thursday night and those games went to plan.

News broke of the Queen’s death during Arsenal’s Europa League game
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Arsenal faced FC Zurich in Switzerland and the news broke during the game. A minute of silence was observed by the players before the start of the second half. They then won 2-1.

United and West Ham were both playing at home and issued pre-kickoff statements that the games would be played under FA and UEFA guidelines.

A minute’s silence was brilliantly observed at Old Trafford and the London Stadium, with black armbands worn.

During the West Ham match, a spontaneous rendition of “God Save The Queen” was sung by the home fans.

There was a dark atmosphere at both stadiums, with no pre-match music and digital billboards turned off throughout matches.

Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham pay tribute to the Queen in a somber evening of Europa League and Europa Conference League football
The two groups of players gathered around the center circle at Old Trafford for the minute’s silence
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Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham pay tribute to the Queen in a somber evening of Europa League and Europa Conference League football
The match at the London Stadium still took place after the Queen’s death

United were the better side for much of their clash with Real Sociedad but struggled in front of goal as they lost 1-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo, playing his first ever Europa League game, had the ball late in the first half only to be sent off for offside.

Brais Mendez scored the game’s only goal from the penalty spot in the 59th minute.

Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham pay tribute to the Queen in a somber evening of Europa League and Europa Conference League football
Fans paid their own tributes to the Queen at the London Stadium
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Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham pay tribute to the Queen in a somber evening of Europa League and Europa Conference League football
There was also a spontaneous rendition of God Save The Queen
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The Hammers needed to come back from one goal down to beat FCSB 3-1 in their Europa Conference League game.

Andrei Cordea had given the Romanian side the lead before second-half goals from Jarrod Bowen, Emerson and Michail Antonio secured victory.

There were also images of Queen Elizabeth II presenting Bobby Moore with the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1966 on display at the London Stadium.

Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham pay tribute to the Queen in a somber evening of Europa League and Europa Conference League football
Queen Elizabeth II presented Moore with the Jules Rimet Trophy in 1966
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West Ham legend Moore steered England to their famous World Cup victory, for which the Queen was in attendance.

It wasn’t just in England that tributes were paid, teams across the continent also shared tributes.

Lazio also paid tribute to the Queen ahead of their game against Feyenoord.

Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham pay tribute to the Queen in a somber evening of Europa League and Europa Conference League football
Lazio also paid tribute to the Queen ahead of their game
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