SF GATE: Before today’s greece vs. Turkey friendly match in Istanbul both teams shared a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Paris attacks. UEFA, Europe’s governing soccer body, requested that all European international games hold a minute of silence before the start of their matches and wear black armbands.
Many fans in the stands in Instanbul, however, decided to boo and wave flags during the minute. The booing can be heard in this video:
— When Sunday Comes (@WSCsm) November 17, 2015
And this video:
One tweet from Reuters correspondent Ece Toksabay said some fans were chanting “Allahu akbar” as well.
Istanbul fans boo minute of silence for Paris attacks, chant “Allahu akbar” before Turkey vs greece soccer friendly
— Ece Toksabay (@ecetoksabay) November 17, 2015
Some fans expressed their outrage to the actions of the Turkish soccer fans on social media:
ISIS want to stop us all going to football. Well, I reckon football should ban the Turkish fans. Disgraceful behaviour. #TurkeyGreece
— WENDY ‘Fever Bitch’ (@mrsgooner1) November 17, 2015
The Turkey-Greece soccer game was not the only European match where the minute of silence was interrupted. In Monday’s Ireland-Bosnia Euro 2016 playoff game, a Bosnian fan disrupted the moment of silence yelling “Palestine, Palestine.”