Roughly 17,000 Turkish soccer fans in Istanbul turned a moment of silence for Paris terror attack victims into a cacophony of boos and “Allahu Akbar!” chants.
A match at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium between Turkey and Greece on Tuesday got off to an ugly start during a pre-game memorial service for the 129 victims of the Islamic State group’s Nov. 13 terror attacks.
“Our fans should have behaved during the national anthems and during the one minute silence,” Turkey’s manager Fatih Terim said after the match, USA Today reported.
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The embarrassing spectacle was watched by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who flew into the country to meet with Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu. The two leaders attended the match together, which ended in a 0-0 tie.
Another moment of silence for Paris terror victims was broken last Sunday in Green Bay, Wisconsin. A single fan out of a stadium of roughly 78,000 people yelled “Muslims suck!” before the NFL’s Green Bay Packers took on the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.
“I was very disappointed with whoever the fan was who made a comment that I thought was really inappropriate during the moment of silence,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers said after the game. “It’s that kind of prejudicial ideology that I think puts us in the position that we’re in today as a world.”
Watch Turkish soccer fans scream “Allahu Akbar!” during a Paris terror attack memorial: