Arsenal and FC Zurich held a minute’s silence for Queen Elizabeth II after her death on Thursday, but it was eventually interrupted by boos and jeers from home fans.
The two teams lined up around the center circle before the start of the second half of the Europa League clash to take part in a period of silence to mark the Queen’s death.
A black and white photograph of Her Majesty was shown on the big screen and the referee’s whistle ushered in the moment of reflection.
In the stands, a number of people seemed to have written shock on their faces, many of whom had only heard the news of the Queen’s death from the stadium transformers.
While the silence was largely maintained well, after about 40 seconds the home fans seemed to get restless and began booing, jeering and whistling.
This resulted in the silence ending prematurely, with players breaking apart and taking their positions on the pitch before the full minute had elapsed.
Queen Elizabeth II dead: key details
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, her death was announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.
She died aged 96 at her home in Balmoral surrounded by her family, including her son and heir apparent Charles, the Prince of Wales, and her grandsons, the Duke of Cambridge Prince William and the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry .
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Viewers were shocked by the reaction, with one Arsenal supporter tweeting: “Pretty rude by the FC Zurich fans booing the minute’s silence for the Queen.”
Another wrote: “Zurich fans boo towards the end of 60 seconds of silence for the Queen… disgusting!!”
However, home fans were soon silenced when Eddie Nketiah scored in the 62nd minute to give Arsenal a 2-1 lead – which turned out to be victors – after youngster Marquinhos scored the opener.
Manchester United, meanwhile, play Real Sociedad in their own Europa League game and have confirmed the game will go ahead as planned with a minute’s silence before kick-off.
Both teams will also wear black armbands while flags are flown at half-mast at Old Trafford as a sign of respect.
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