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Turkey Fans Boo Moment Of Silence For Paris Victims Before Soccer Match

Fans in Istanbul were heard jeering during a moment held for the victims of Friday's terror attacks in Paris. Chants of "Allahu Akbar" also broke out.

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Turkish fans booed during a moment of silence held Tuesday for the 129 victims of the Paris terror attacks before the start of a friendly international soccer match in Istanbul.

Players took part in the moment of silence on field before kickoff Tuesday between Turkey and Greece, but several fans in the stands could be heard jeering and booing during the minute.

Chants of "Allahu Akbar," or "God is greater," then broke out among fans, a Reuters reporter at the scene said.

Turkish fans booed a minute of silence on those killed in #ParisAttacks during a match with #Greece.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras were also in attendance at the game to show they are friendly neighbors, Reuters reported.


The attacks in Paris included three explosions near Stade de France, France’s national stadium, where a friendly soccer match against Germany was in progress and French President François Hollande was in attendance.

Ahead of Tuesday's match, the Turkish Football Federation announced there would be additional security measures at Istanbul Basaksehir stadium, where as many as 17,000 people were in attendance.

Tuesday's booing wasn't the first time Turkish fans have jeered during a moment of silence. In October, crowds booed during a moment held for Ankara terror victims, the Washington Post reported.

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Moments of silence have been observed at games across Europe and the U.S. for the Paris attack victims, including at France and England's soccer match in London's Wembley stadium on Tuesday.

In most places there have been no interferences, but at a Lions–Packers American football game on Sunday night in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a fan yelled "Muslims suck!" during a moment of silence for victims.

A friendly match scheduled to be held in Belgium against Spain was canceled Monday night over security concerns, while a stadium in Germany where a match was to be held against the Netherlands was evacuated on Tuesday due to “concrete threats” that a bomb could detonate in the area.

"Our fans should have behaved during the national anthems and during the one minute silence," Turkey manager Fatih Terim said. "Greece is our neighbor. Today is world neighbors day, but our fans didn't behave like neighbors in this match."

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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