Support for the victims of the gruesome Paris attacks around the world has been tremendous (Except for the shitbag who yelled an anti-Muslim comment at the Green Bay Packers game on Sunday) including the emotional outpouring at London’s Wembley stadium on Tuesday during the soccer match between France and England. However things weren’t as sympathetic at the soccer game in Istanbul.
On Tuesday, during a moment of silence held for the 129 victims of the Paris terror attacks before the start of a friendly international soccer match between Turkey and Greece Turkish fans booed and waved flags. Players from the teams took part in the moment of silence on the field before kickoff when some of the crowd jeered during the minute set aside to respect the victims. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras were also in attendance and honored the victims, included those who perished from three explosions near Stade de France during a friendly soccer match between France and Germany.
A Reuters reporter said that chants of “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is greater,” broke out prior to the match as well.
Istanbul fans boo minute of silence for Paris attacks, chant "Allahu akbar" before Turkey vs Greece soccer friendly
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“Our fans should have behaved during the national anthems and during the one minute silence,” Turkey manager Fatih Terim said. “Greece is our neighbor. Today is world neighbors day, but our fans didn’t behave like neighbors in this match.”
However, some are claiming that the boos were not disrespectful towards the victims of the Paris attacks, but rather to protest the perceived hypocrisy of the Western world. International teams did not hold a moment of silence after the Ankara terror attack on October 11 where more than 100 people died in the Turkish capital of Ankara after two bombs exploded.
Turkish fans also booed and shouted national slogans during a minute of silence for the Ankara bombing victims in a game against Iceland on October 13.
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