In-match protest

At the start of a soccer match in Greece's second-tier professional league, the starting lineups for AEL Larissa and Acharnaikos did something stunning: As the referee started the match, all 22 players sat down on the field.

According to The Guardian, the decision to sit on the field was done as a protest of Turkey's and the European Union's indifference toward refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East.

The club's players sat for the first two minutes of the match to honor the hundreds of children who have died as refugees attempt crossing the dangerous Aegean Sea, in hopes of reaching Greece.

The Guardian reports that the stadium loudspeaker told the crowd of the protest before it happened.

"The players of AEL will protest by sitting down for two minutes in an effort to drive the authorities to mobilise all those who seem to have been desensitised to the heinous crimes that are being perpetrated in the Aegean," per the Guardian.

At the start of the video, the crowd seems to cheer as the players take a seat on the grass.

The protest came after at least 33 refugees, including five children, drowned after their boat capsized in the Aegean Sea over the weekend.

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