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Fans booed during the minute’s silence for Her Majesty the Queen at Goodison Park

A number of fans booed at Goodison Park during the minute’s silence for Her Majesty The Queen ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham.

Respects were paid across the top flight and across the country following the Queen’s death last week and managers ushered the teams out before a minute’s silence and the national anthem.

The Premier League released a statement saying clubs would be given the opportunity to “pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II” at every game over the weekend of September 16-18.

Services were generally well conducted but some fans have disrupted the tributes for various reasons, with the country’s biggest protests at Anfield ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League game against Ajax last week.

Boos were also heard ahead of Tottenham’s 6-2 win over Leicester City on Saturday, while the minute’s silence at Dundee United was interrupted by chants from fans.

Goodison Park was the last place to hear boos as both teams lined up to pay their respects ahead of their clash.

Frank Lampard and David Moyes each laid a wreath of flowers in the center circle as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II before the minute’s silence, which was interrupted by some fans.

Honors abounded in the Football League, too. At Riverside Stadium, for example, a picture of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was held up on the scoreboard before the match between Middlesbrough and Cardiff City.

In League One, Ipswich Town have blacked out their game schedule for the Bristol Rovers encounter. They also adorned it with a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the back.

The mixed reaction to holding a minute’s silence across the country comes after the Football Association’s decision last weekend to halt football, although the government says there is no obligation to do so.

Other sports, including rugby union and rugby league, continued their games.

The Test cricket match between England and South Africa at the Kia Oval was suspended on Friday but resumed on Saturday after silence and a stirring rendition of ‘God Save the King’ following the accession of King Charles III.

Some non-league games were played in England on Monday night, but the elite teams only returned to action on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Champions League matches between Chelsea, Manchester City, Rangers and Celtic will be played.

The game between Rangers and Napoli at Ibrox has been postponed from Tuesday night to Wednesday night due to limited police resources during the Scottish leg of the Queen’s mourning period.

Away fans will not be allowed at Ibrox and Rangers fans are now banned from traveling to Naples for the second leg at the end of October.

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