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Rain of dolls and solidarity for children affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria

A teenager walks past a window of a flower shop decorated with teddy bears.

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The match between Besiktas and Antalyaspor, on the twenty-second round of the Turkish league, had to be stopped for a few minutes at the start due to the tremendous rain of dolls and stuffed animals thrown from the stands for children affected by the earthquakes that devastated part of Turkey and Syria.

When the fourth minute of the game had just elapsed, the supporters of the Istanbul team threw tens of thousands of stuffed animals onto the pitch with which they entered the Vodafone Park stadium, as well as warm clothing, which Besiktas will send to the earthquake victims.

Such was the number of dolls that fell to the grass that the players of both teams, some with tears in their eyes, had to help the Besiktas officials to remove them from the field of play to be able to resume the match, whose preliminaries were very exciting. with a minute of silence included and an ovation and tribute to the forces that collaborated in the rescue forces.

Besiktas gave up a 0-0 draw despite having a maximum penalty in extra time that Cenk Tosun missed.

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