Football players from the Greek second division clubs AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos began the match with a two minute sit down protest in a tribute to the hundreds of migrants who have lost their lives trying to reach Greek islands from the Turkish coast. The match took place in the city of Larissa in Greece’s center.
All 22 field players and coaches, officials and substitutes sat down for the duration of the time to mark respect to the refugees who have died and raise awareness that Turkey’s and the European Union’s inability to resolve the crisis will continue to allow refugees to drown.
“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 mobilize all those who seem to have been desensitized to the heinous crimes that are being perpetrated in the Aegean,” was heard over the stadium PA system.
Larissa won the game 2-0 with goals in the 26′ and 67′.