Soccer Players Sit Down Protest 1 screenshot Guardian and OTE Sports

When the whistle blew to start a football match between two Greek teams, instead of hustling to take control, players on both sides did something that brought thunderous applause from the stands — they all sat down.

Athletes for AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos, along with their coaches and substitutes, observed two minutes of silence in a show of respect for the hundreds of refugees who have died trying to reach Europe – many drowning in Greek waters.

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Most who are fleeing toward Europe come first to Greece by boat.

The two minutes of silence on the field in Larissa came less than a day after the International Olympic Committee announced this year’s Olympic torch would pass through a refugee camp in Greece on it’s way to the games in Brazil.

(WATCH the video below via The Guardian) — Photo: OTE Sports video

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