A moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks was booed by Turkish fans Tuesday during what was supposed to be a friendly game against Greece in Istanbul, Reuters reported.
Reuters reporter Ece Toksabay tweeted that the fans booed the minute of silence before breaking out into a chant of “Allah Akbar,” which is the Islamic phrase for “God is greater.”
Video posted online showed the disruption and captured the loud jeering as players from both sides stood silently in the center circle before kick-off.
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However, there is some debate if the fans were actually booing the terrorists and honoring the victims, or if it started with FIBA’s decision not to allow a minute of silence for the Turkish soldiers.
Despite the reason behind the booing, after the match Turkey manager Fatih Terim said, “Our fans should have behaved during the national anthems and during the one minute silence.” He added, “Greece is our neighbour. Today is world neighbours day, but our fans didn’t behave like neighbours in this match.”
Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras watched the game together, in a sign of reconciliation between the two neighbors, whose relationship has suffered from hostilities in the past.
99.8 percent of the Turkish population is Muslim, according to the CIA World Factbook.
The terror attacks in Paris left at least 129 dead and 352 injured. It was the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II.