Passionate West Ham fans belt out God Save The Queen ahead of European clash

West Ham fans have paid the ultimate tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, by passionately singing God Save The Queen after her death was confirmed on Thursday evening.

Buckingham Palace confirmed that The Queen had sadly died on Thursday, after initially declaring that she had been placed "under medical supervision". The news broke during Arsenal's early Europa League tie against Zurich, and there were fears that both West Ham and Manchester United could see their games called off, as they weren't due to kick off until later.

But both UEFA and the FA advised that the games should go ahead due to the short notice, although a decision is still pending over the Premier League fixtures at the weekend. And West Ham fans used the opportunity to pay tribute to The Queen, belting out a fabulous rendition of God Save The Queen.

West Ham fans have been applauded for their brilliant tribute, from all rival fanbases and even those not interested in football. United also paid tribute before kick off, with the Real Sociedad away section also joining in by raising their scarves.

It wasn't quite the same story in Arsenal's earlier game, with improvisation needed to pay tribute. As the news was confirmed during the first half, they decided to hold a period of silence ahead of the restart.

However, unfortunately there were some boos in Zurich during this period from a small section of the home crowd. Arsenal were the only English team to play away from home on the saddest of days.

Arsenal went on to win their game 2-1 after Eddie Nketiah scored the winning goal in the second half, but United suffered a shock defeat as they lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad.

West Ham won 3-1 against Romanian side FCSB, but came from a goal down to do so. The Queen was rumoured to be a West Ham fan, and they got their Conference League campaign off to the best start.

It's been a mixed bag of results for English teams in Europe, with Liverpool and Chelsea suffering defeat in the Champions League. Manchester City and Tottenham were victorious though.

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