This isn’t good sportsmanship… or good humanity in general.
Turkish soccer fans booed during a moment of silence for the 129 victims of Friday’s Paris terror attacks before a friendly international game in Istanbul on Tuesday.
The mark of respect was observed at games across Europe and the U.S. — including Wembley Stadium where France faced off against England.
Before kickoff, players on the national teams for Turkey and Greece took part in the moment of silence, but several fans in the stands were heard booing and jeering.
According to reports, some fans even started chanting “Allahu Akbar” or “God is greater” in the stands.
Showing that they were good neighbors, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras watched the game together, reconciling their contentious past relationship.
For what it’s worth, Turkey manager Fatih Terim said that fans needed to be more respectful, saying:
“Our fans should have behaved during the national anthems and during the one minute silence. Greece is our neighbor. Today is world neighbors day, but our fans didn’t behave like neighbors in this match.”
Hopefully, fans will be more respectful from now on. Check out the footage (below):
[Image via YouTube.]