A match in the second tier of Greek football between AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos was delayed for two minutes, as all of the 22 players, along with the coaches and substitues, sat in complete silence to show their respect to the hundreds of refugees who have lost their lives trying to escape conflict in Syria and Iraq. The spectators showed their support by applauding at the start and end of the two minutes.
As the players sat in silence, they spared a thought to the current refugee situation, with thoughts going to an earlier announcement over the club’s PA system: “The administration of AEL, the coaches and the players will observe two minutes of silence just after the start of the match in memory of the hundreds of children who continue to lose their lives every day in the Aegean due to the brutal indifference of the EU and Turkey.
“The players of AEL will protest by sitting down for two minutes in an effort to drive the authorities to mobilise all those who seem to have been desensitised to the heinous crimes that are being perpetrated in the Aegean.”
The protest comes after 37 migrants, including five children, drowned in the Aegean Sea after their small boat capsized on Saturday as they attempted the crossing from Turkey to Greece.
It was a truly moving moment where footballers and fans came together to show that the beautiful game is full of beautiful moments.