Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday, a minute silence was to be observed by all teams in the National League on Tuesday before kick-off as a form of commemoration. A minority of Wrexham AFC fans can be heard booing the minute silence before being shouted down by various other fans.
Wrexham AFC, if you weren't aware, is owned by Hollywood superstars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney who took over ownership of the club in 2020. You might also recognise the Welsh team from their new Disney+ documentary, Welcome To Wrexham.
Wrexham Fans Boo Minute Silence
In the fan-recorded video below, you can hear the stadium announcer calling for a minute silence in order to commemorate the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. The silence, started by the referee's whistle, was interrupted almost as it began with a number of fans booing the remark. The loud boo's were met by a chorus of disapproval from the rest of the fans who took offence at this.
The boo's subsided, however there remained continuous chatter and disruption throughout the minute with fans voicing their discontent towards each other. When the minute was over, all fans proceeded to clap and cheer their side on whilst some continued to boo.
Wrexham went on to win the match comfortably, beating Dagenham & Redbridge 4-1.
Minute silence at the Racecourse pic.twitter.com/CKfphxKH7q
— Wrexham.com (@wrexham) September 13, 2022
Following the incident, the club released the following statement on Wednesday morning:
It was disappointing to hear the one-minute silence before the 4-1 victory against Dagenham & Redbridge disturbed be a small number of individuals among the 9835 in attendance.
To have the Club’s name in the media this morning for all the wrong reasons, is not a scenario that should have occurred and we wish to apologise to all who were offended by the actions of the minority, while thanking the vast majority who did observe the one-minutes silence.
A number of the individuals who disturbed the one-minute silence were asked to leave the Racecourse Ground for their own safety.
Interesting to note, it is reported locally that numerous fans who did not wish to take part in the minute-long silence instead waited until the end of the silence before heading to their seats.
Tuesday night's victory for Wrexham places them second in the National League table. Following defeat in last year's National League Playoff Semi-Final, Wrexham are looking to win promotion for the first time.
Welcome To Wrexham
6 episodes of Welcome To Wrexham have already been uploaded to Disney+, with 9 episodes to be aired by October 5th.