Palestinian flag in the middle of the pitch
A Turkish player has planted a Palestinian flag in the middle of the pitch at a match in protest against Israel’s offensive in Gaza.
The Israeli military campaign, which ended in a January 18 truce, triggered protests in Turkey where there is widespread support for the Palestinians.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was given a hero’s welcome on his return home after accusing Israel of “knowing very well how to kill” during a sharp exchange with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum.
Sivasspor midfielder Ibrahim Dagasan placed the flag on the centre spot at a stadium in the central Turkish city of Sivas after his side beat Galatasaray in the quarter final of the Turkey Cup.
After he did so, some spectators chanted: “Damn Israel”. Dagasan then raised a finger to his mouth, gesturing for them to be silent.