During a friendly soccer match between Turkey and Greece on Tuesday evening, a moment of silence was supposed to honor the victims of the Paris attacks. Instead, the crowd erupted in chants of “allahu akbar.”
Whistles and boos also rang out across the stadium during the moment of silence.
Turkish soccer crowd
The “friendly game” was held in Turkey. The word “friendly” in reference to soccer means an exhibition or pre-season game. It is a game that has little or no bearing on a team’s rankings in the actual season.
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The crowd had been asked to observe a moment of silence for the Paris victims. They didn’t.
Cheering section for terrorists
Taking a moment of silence and turning it into a cheering section for terrorists is despicable.
But it wasn’t the only disturbing interruption during a soccer game in Europe. Another one occurred in the Ireland-Bosnia playoff game. The moment of silence there was interrupted by a Bosnian fan who yelled “Palestine, Palestine!”
Bosnia is 45% Muslim, and around 51% Catholic denominations. Turkey is 99% Muslim. Respect should be universal, but apparently it is not. People – human beings – died in a horrifying terrorist attack. The people left behind are traumatized. Everyone is affected…everyone with a conscience, that is.
Istanbul fans boo minute of silence for Paris attacks, chant “Allahu akbar” before Turkey vs Greece soccer friendly
— Ece Toksabay (@ecetoksabay) November 17, 2015
After watching Turkey vs Greece 1 min silence with “Allahuakbar” cheerings, welcome back to civilization in Europe pic.twitter.com/S0Q5XXKKvd
— mephobia (@mephobia8) November 17, 2015
— Jan Duin (@JanDuin68) November 17, 2015
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