Beşiktaş fans throw toys on to pitch for children affected by Turkey earthquakes

Teddy bears and toys were distributed before the Beiktaş game to help victims of the earthquake in Turkey.  (Photo by Ali Atmak/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Before the Besiktas game, teddy bears and toys were distributed to help those affected by the earthquake in Turkey. (Photo by Ali Atmak/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Fans of Turkey’s Besiktas football club threw toys onto the pitch during the team’s match against Antalyaspor on Sunday to distribute to children displaced by the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria this month. Fans were throwing toys at the very moment of the game (the 4:17 mark) when the first earthquake hit on February 6th.

There have been three total earthquakes in the country − two on February 6 and one on February 20 – and the current death toll has reached 43,556 in Turkey alone and 47,244 including Syrian victims, according to The Associated Press. Christian Atsu, a 31-year-old Ghanaian footballer who played for Turkish Super League club Hatayspor, was among those who died after his body was found under the rubble of the earthquake.

This is not the first time that Besiktas fans have thrown toys onto the pitch. Spectators are reported did something similar to support child victims earthquake in 2011 in the Turkish city of Van in the southeast of the country.


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