A minute's silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II was shockingly interrupted by booing during the half-time interval between Arsenal and Zurich.
It was confirmed by the Royal Family on Thursday evening that The Queen had died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon, but the Europa League clash between Arsenal and Zurich had already kicked off. Instead, to pay tribute, ahead of the second half they decided to hold a minute's silence.
But towards the end of the tribute, boos could be heard ringing around the stadium, which was quickly met by jeers as fans were stunned at the disrespect shown by a small percentage of the crowd. Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal players looked particularly stunned upon learning the news.
The game began with the nation told that royal doctors were "concerned" about the monarch's health and had placed her "under medical supervision". But unfortunately, it was confirmed after kick-off that the Queen had died.
Buckingham Palace said: "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."
Her death marks the end of the Elizabethan era and is certain to trigger an extended period of national mourning. Prince Charles, her eldest son, now becomes King having held the position of Prince of Wales for the longest period in history. Prince William is now expected to inherit that title.
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will likely now become the Queen Consort. She will be the first person to fill the role since the Queen Mother.
It's been confirmed that both West Ham and Manchester United will continue to play their fixtures as planned, despite fears that their later games could be cancelled. Both clubs were advised following direction from the FA and UEFA.
Arsenal led their game through a debut strike from Marquinhos, but they were pegged back after conceding a penalty. Eddie Nketiah put the Gunners back in front, as Arteta looks to get their Europa League campaign off to the dream start.
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