Erdogan slams soccer fans making fun of refugees in Spain

Erdogan slams soccer fans who insulted refugees before Atletico Madrid - PSV Eindhoven Champions League match

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, March 16, 2016.

Erdogan, in a speech at the ATO congresium in Ankara, reflected on a scandal, which included Dutch fans “mocking” refugees before the Atletico Madrid - PSV Eindhoven Champions League match held in Spain.

Fans were seen in a video laughing at a group of refugees who were picking up coins off the ground as the fans tossed them, meanwhile one fan burned a note of money and threw it on the ground, leaving it in flames for the refugees to pick it up.

“Fans came to an Atletico Madrid match and mocked local refugees in an open area in Spain. They made the refugees do push-ups and threw loose change in return,” the Turkish president said.

Erdogan said they were treating refugees in a shameful manner.

“This is existent amongst the west, not amongst us.”

Turkey is known for it’s hospitality in hosting the highest number of Syrian refugees.

Turkish deputy prime minister, last week said that the number of Syrian refugees in the country has exceeded the 2.7 million mark which is higher than any other country according to UN records.

TRTWorld and agencies