Turkish soccer fans boo during moment of silence for Paris attacks

Right before a soccer match between Greece and Turkey took place, a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks was called for by the stadium announcer.

This same scene was repeated at soccer matches across the continent of Europe. But the moment of silence in Turkey was a little different.

Instead of respectfually standing and remaining quiet, a loud chorus of whistles cascaded down from the stands (whistling in Europe is the same as booing in the US). And then a chant arose. It's difficult to make out but to many observers inside and outside the stadium, it sounded like "Allahu Akbar!"


Turkish fans booed during the minute's silence for the victims of the Paris attacks before their national team drew 0-0 with Greece in a friendly international soccer game on Tuesday.

The mark of respect was observed at matches across Europe, including at Wembley where France faced England, after Islamic State militants struck Paris on Friday killing 129 people.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras watched the game together, in a sign of reconciliation between the two neighbors, whose relationship has suffered from hostilities in the past.

It was the first time the two teams had met for eight years and the Turkish Football Federation had announced a string of additional security measures before the match at the Istanbul Basaksehir stadium, which was a 17,000 sell out.

Earth to Turkey: This is not the best way to demonstrate your fitness to join the European Union.

There have been incidents in the past involving the American national anthem. Following the Boston Marathon bombings, Montreal hockey fans booed the anthem, although it probably had as much to do with how their hockey team was being blown out of a playoff series than it did with their hatred of America. And there have been similar incidents south of the border when the US soccer team plays matches.

But this sounded like a large portion of the stadium was whistling and chanting. Showing disrespect for innocent victims is about what you'd expect from the Islamist fanatics who have taken over what was once a mostly secular Turkey.


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