Israel and Poland’s Under-21 soccer players held their own unauthorized moment of silence immediately after kick-off on Friday for the victims of the October 7 Hamas attacks, The Guardian reported.
The gesture in Lodz came after UEFA, soccer’s governing body, did not approve a moment of remembrance for the game for those affected in last month’s attacks.
Both sets of players stood in silence after the referee blew his whistle to start the game and no action took place for the opening minute. The players remained in their formational positions rather than congregating in a line for traditional pre-match tributes and there was silence around Stadium LKS, according to The Guardian.
On Thursday, UEFA announced Israeli clubs Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Tel Aviv will play their next European home fixtures in Serbia behind closed doors due to the war.