One of the hottest topics since Tuesday night’s international footbal has been the behaviour of Turkish fans during the one minute silence of the Paris terror victims before their game with Greece.
Some are simply reporting that the Turkish fans disgracefully booed and whistled during the moment of supposed reflection and tribute.
Others, however, are fighting back with explanations of what happened last night, claiming that Turkish fans (a) don’t have the custom of staying quiet during the minute’s silence, (b) the fans were actually chanting “Martyrs, they do not die!” in support of the victims.
As the debate rages, the post match comments of Turkey coach Fatih Terim bare paying attention to.
Terim publicly criticised the Turkey fans for their behaviour, delivering the following points to TV8:
We shouldn’t portray ourselves like this. When our fans act like that, we will have a hard time explaining ourselves to the rest of the world.
Why can’t we show just a minute of respect?
Booing the anthem, where’s that coming from? We are better than this. If this would have been done to us, we would be really upset. If we don’t act like we did today, we can prevent sports from being sacrificed to terrorism.
Watch Fatih Terim’s interview below. Interact with the YouTube player to bring up the English subtitles.