Liverpool & EFL: Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II continue as professional football

Ajax and Liverpool players observe minute's silence after death of Queen Elizabeth II
The ‘period of silence’ at Anfield lasted for around 30 seconds and was observed by all but a handful of people on the pitch

Tributes to the Queen were seen flawlessly at 30 EFL matches and Liverpool and Tottenham’s Champions League matches as football resumed in the UK after weekend postponements.

All of England, Wales and Northern Ireland football and senior Scottish football was canceled after the UK’s longest-serving monarch died aged 96 last week.

The National Anthem was played at almost all English Football League (EFL) matches. A “period of silence” was observed at EFL matches as well as Liverpool and Tottenham’s Champions League matches.

BBC Sport’s chief football writer Phil McNulty reported that the vast majority of Liverpool fans at a packed Anfield duly observed a shorter period of silence, with one or two unruly shouts at the start of the tribute being quickly shouted before their clash with Ajax .

A minute’s silence was observed at Swansea City for the only EFL match to take place in Wales, with the Championship club opting not to play the National Anthem ahead of their home game against Sheffield United.

Liverpool had announced before the game that there would be a “period of silence” and it lasted around 30 seconds.

Liverpool fans disapproved of “Abide With Me” and “God Save the Queen” before last season’s FA Cup final, but manager Jurgen Klopp said on Monday that he was convinced that they would show respect against Ajax, as they did against Manchester United last season after death of Cristiano Ronaldo’s son.

On Tuesday, the Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance, along with Liverpool legends Sir Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness, also urged fans to show respect.external link

A minute’s silence was observed before Tottenham’s Champions League match at Sporting Lisbon, where the Champions League anthem was played.

But the Champions League anthem was not played at Anfield, nor was there a Champions League banner in the center circle.

Neither the Champions League anthem nor Britain’s National Anthem will be played at any of this week’s Champions League matches in the UK, with UEFA rejecting requests from Chelsea, Manchester City and Rangers to play “God Save the King” in their home games on Wednesday.

Both teams wore black armbands at Anfield, as do all EFL players, while flags were flown at half-mast. Some clubs also made sure to play appropriate music and suspended their regular commercials as a mark of respect.

Elsewhere, Mansfield Town released 96 pigeons during the players’ handshake ahead of their League Two game at home to Carlisle United.

Russell Watson sang the national anthem before Preston’s Championship game with Burnley and for AFC Wimbledon’s League Two home game with Northampton, local MPs recorded their own messages, which were played as they joined a group of more of 50 dignitaries to pay tribute to at the center before the start.

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