Stop the war’ – this is the message of most athletes since Russia started its invasion of Ukraine. This is the message Martina Navratilova from Cristiano Ronaldo gave to Russia. The teams are still on the field wearing T-shirts demanding an end to the fighting. Anti-war messages are coming from European stadiums almost every day. Turkey’s centerback Aykut Demir is an exception.
Erzumospor, the second division team in Turkish football, faced Ankaraguzur on Sunday. Before the match, Erzumospor players wore special T-shirts with the message ‘No to War’. The team captain Demir did not wear this t-shirt. Stand by your teammates before the start of the match right after the club jersey. There is a storm of discussion about this on social media
Thousands die every day in the Middle East. I feel bad too. It feels bad for innocent people. But the people who ignored the persecution there are now crying out for what is happening in Europe.
Aykut Demir, Turkish footballer
Demir explained his position to the Turkish media: “Thousands of people are dying every day in the Middle East. I feel bad too. It feels bad for innocent people. But the people who ignored the persecution there are now crying out for what is happening in Europe. I don’t like the t-shirt. Because, these were not made for those countries. Demir was born in the Netherlands. The 33-year-old footballer played one match for the Turkish national team in 2013.
This American spectator has come to watch Major League Soccer with a T-shirt written ‘Don’t say no to war’
This American spectator has come to watch Major League Soccer with a T-shirt written ‘Don’t say no to war’Photo: Reuters
The bloody Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on for a long time. According to the US magazine Forbes, 5,700 Palestinians were killed in the conflict between 2006 and 2020. The number of injured is about 1 lakh 15 thousand. During that time, 250 Israelis were killed and 5,600 were injured.
It is the sixth day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A significant number of athletes and former coaches have already protested the war. Several current and former Ukrainian players have joined the war.