How The Turks Really Feel - A Moment Of (Un)-Silence

Observing a moment of silence for the victims of last Friday's massacre in the streets of Paris has become something of a global phenomenon at everything from sporting events to stock exchanges and generally speaking, everyone has been outwardly happy to oblige.

Well, not Turkish soccer fans. 

As Reuters reports (and as you'll see below), the moment of silence for France was booed on Tuesday before what ended up being a disappointing match between Turkey and Greece.

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 neighbours, 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.

 

However, the occasion was a disappointment with both teams trying out new players in a game of few chances with former European champions Greece, who failed to qualify for the Euros, having just one goal attempt against Turkey's 12.

Perhaps the Turks are angry that there was no worldwide moment of silence observed after bombings in Ankara killed 102 and injured more than 400 just last month.