Turkish fans boo minute’s silence for Paris victims

Turkish fans booed during a minuteand’s silence held for the victims of the Paris attacks before their national team drew 0-0 with Greece in a friendly international football game at Istanbuland’s Fatih Terim Stadium on Tuesday, leading to strong criticism within Turkey and around the world.
The mark of respect was observed at matches across Europe, including at Wembley, where France played England, after radical terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants struck Paris on Friday, killing 129 people.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras watched the game together, in a sign of reconciliation between the two neighbors, whose relationship has suffered from hostilities in the past.
The minuteand’s silence was held before the match started on Tuesday evening to show solidarity with France after 129 people were killed during a major terrorist attack in Paris on Friday. However, the silence was protested by some spectators who booed and some others who shouted and”Martyrs never die, the country will never be divided.and”
Some spectators also booed during the singing of the Greek national anthem before the match. Turkish midfielder Arda Turan reacted against the errant spectators, attempting to silence them with hand signals. When the spectators continued to boo, other Turkish footballers — Olcay iahan and Mehmet Topal — also used hand signals to request the spectators to fall silent.
Speaking to the press after the match, Fatih Terim, the legendary coach of the Turkish national team, condemned the behavior of the spectators, asking in protest: and”If they do the same thing during our national anthem, what will you do? What is happening to us [the Turkish people]? Where did this whistling come from? We are holding a minute of silence for dead people. Can you [spectators] not be patient for just a minute? This does not suit us at all.and”
This incident received widespread media coverage in foreign media outlets. Franceand’s Land’Equipe daily said the minuteand’s silence held for the victims of the Paris attacks was not respected. and”Some of the supporters constantly booed during the minuteand’s silence. A group of spectators were also chanting andlsquoAllahu Akbarand’ [God is great] under the glances of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoilu and his Greek counterpart, Alexis Tsipras. The Turkish nationalist slogans continued regularly throughout the match.and”
Spainand’s AS daily reported the incident thus: and”During the minuteand’s silence at the Turkey-Greece match, the spectators chanted the slogan of andlsquoAllahu Akbarand’.and”
Greekand’s Protathlitis daily covered the incident under the headline and”Turkish version of silence,and” reporting that there was anger in the stadium during the one-minute silence held for the victims of the Paris attacks. and”Turks do not care about the Paris attacks,and” the daily said.
It is not the first time Turkish spectators have booed a minuteand’s silence during a national match. Spectators at a football match on Oct. 13 in Konya booed during what was supposed to be a moment of silence for victims of the Oct. 10 Ankara bombings.
The moment of silence was called before play in the Turkish national teamand’s Euro 2016 Group qualification match against Iceland. The Ankara bombing was the deadliest ever in Turkeyand’s history, with 102 people killed and more than 500 people injured. Some of the spectators, however, broke the silence by booing, whistling and chanting and”Allahu Akbar.and”
The Ankara bombings targeting a large-scale peace rally in downtown Ankara came weeks before Turkeyand’s Nov. 1 parliamentary election. The twin explosions hit the rally of pro-Kurdish and leftist activists outside Ankaraand’s main train station.
Last nightand’s match was the first time Turkey and Greece had met for eight years and the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) had announced a string of additional security measures before the match at the Istanbul Baiakiehir stadium, which was a 17,000 sell out.
Turkey, who have not lost this year, are preparing ahead of Euro 2016, which they qualified for in third place in their group. They enjoyed a 2-1 friendly victory away to Qatar last week.
In last nightand’s match, Greeceand’s German coach Michael Skibbe led out a team in Turkey for the first time since his spells at Galatasaray, Eskiiehirspor and Karabandukspor from 2008 to October this year.
However, the occasion was a disappointment, with both teams trying out new players in a game of few chances as former European champion Greece, who failed to qualify for the Euros, had just one goal attempt against Turkeyand’s 12.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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