English football clubs were keen to honor the memory of the late British Queen Elizabeth II, and witnessed 30 matches in the English Football League, as well as Liverpool and Tottenham matches in the Champions League, a ceremony honoring the Queen before her start.
Football matches resumed in Britain after being postponed last weekend, following the announcement of the death of the Queen, who spent the longest reign in Britain’s history, on Thursday, September 8, at the age of 96.
And all football events in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as in Scotland, were suspended with the death of Queen Elizabeth, and all matches began after their resumption with the playing of the national anthem, in addition to standing “a pause of silence” in honor of the Queen, whether in the English Premier League matches or Champions League matches. It was fought by English teams, which is what happened with Liverpool and Tottenham.
BBC Sport football writer Phil McNulty said the vast majority of Liverpool fans at Anfield had been completely silent for a shorter period, with one or two shouts at the start of the tribute before the game against Ajax.
While in Swansea City, the players observed a minute of silence in respect of the Queen, during the only match in Wales, and Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League, chose not to play the national anthem before its match at home with Sheffield United.
And Liverpool announced before the match against Ajax in the Champions League, that it would perform a pause of silence for 30 seconds.
Liverpool fans jeered as the former national anthem “God Save the Queen” was played ahead of last season’s FA Cup final, but coach Jurgen Klopp said on Monday he was confident the fans would show respect during the Ajax match after the Queen’s death, especially They showed respect against Manchester United last season after the death of Cristiano Ronaldo’s child.
The Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance, along with Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness, urged fans to pay their respects to the Queen on Tuesday.
In the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League, the audience was silent for a “full minute”, as the Champions League anthem was also played.
But the Champions League anthem was not played at Anfield, and there was no Champions League banner in the center of the stadium circle.
Neither the Champions League nor the British national anthem will be played at any of this week’s Champions League matches in Britain, with UEFA rejecting requests from Chelsea, Manchester City and Rangers to play the new national anthem “God Save the King” in their home matches on Wednesday. .
Liverpool and Ajax players wore black armbands at Anfield, like those worn by Premier League players, while the flags were at half-mast. Some clubs also made sure they played appropriate music and banned their regular ads as a sign of respect.
Elsewhere, Mansfield Town released 96 pigeons, a reference to the late Queen’s 96-year-old age, while shaking hands with players ahead of their second division game at home to Carlisle United.
Classical singer Russell Watson sang the national anthem ahead of Preston’s match against Burnley, while at Wimbledon’s home match with Northampton, in the First Division, messages recorded by local MPs, who in turn joined more than 50 dignitaries to pay respect and a group, were shown. From the flowers in the middle of the field before the start of the match.
Swansea’s team said in a statement: “The FA has provided all clubs with guidance on the proposed format and system to be followed while honoring the Queen. While this guidance was not mandatory, we have designed our honors in a way that we consider appropriate.”
“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to the fans of both clubs who meticulously observed the minute of silence, while the tributes displayed across the country were the perfect way to remember Her late Majesty.”
Swansea and Welsh club Wrexham appealed to their fans to respect the minute of silence, but there were a few cries and shouts ahead of Wrexham’s National League game at home to Dagenham and Redbridge, but the owners were reprimanded by other fans.
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