Atlanta, USA (CNN) — Turkish soccer fans threw stuffed dolls onto Vodafone Stadium during a match between Besiktas and Antalyaspor, Sunday, to show their support for earthquake-affected children.
The match was stopped at 4:17, which is the time the earthquake hit southeastern Turkey at 4:17 am local time on February 6.
The fans showered the field with teddy bears and other children’s toys of different colors and sizes, which will be sent to the children affected by the earthquake through Besiktas Club.
Players rushed to collect dolls as the scoreboard numbers of the 11 affected provinces in Turkey appeared on the scoreboard screen.
Some Besiktas fans also chanted for the “government’s resignation” in protest of the response of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government to the earthquake, which many in Turkey consider slow and insufficient.
Erdogan’s partner in government, the leader of the Turkish nationalist movement, Devlet Bahceli, called for football matches to be played without fans and resigned from the Besiktas football club.
For their part, the fans of the other pole of Turkish football, Fenerbahce, chanted slogans demanding the government’s resignation, on Saturday, as well.
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