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The moving gesture Turkish soccer fans made to victims of recent earthquake

Turkish football fans teddy bears pitch

The Guardian | Youtube

Cerith Gardiner - published on 03/02/23

The supporters of two teams from Istanbul paid homage to those who lost their lives in Turkey and Syria.

The recent devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria led to the loss of over 50,000 people in latest figures by Al Jazeera. Among those who died were thousands of children. So in a moving gesture, the fans of two Turkish soccer teams — Besiktas and Antalyaspor — decided to honor the victims.

At exactly 4.17 p.m. during the game, the time the deadly earthquake struck, the match was paused to allow supporters to throw thousands of teddy bears onto the pitch.

The teddies lined the four sides of the field, uniting the opposing fans, and their fellow countrymen, in their grief.

The event was organized by the Besiktas fans, according to the Guardian video below. And the cuddly toys will be distributed to surviving children affected by the earthquake.

The moving video, which sees players applauding the fans and gathering up the thousands of bears, sums up the very best of sports, allowing people to come together and share their grief and desire to help.

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