Portugal football team observes minute of silence for migrants

The Portuguese national football team, led by star player Cristiano Ronaldo, observed a minute of silence on Thursday for migrants in Europe, one day after pictures of a drowned Syrian toddler sparked horror at the growing crisis.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 03, 2015, 19:30 PM IST
Portugal football team observes minute of silence for migrants

Lisbon: The Portuguese national football team, led by star player Cristiano Ronaldo, observed a minute of silence on Thursday for migrants in Europe, one day after pictures of a drowned Syrian toddler sparked horror at the growing crisis.

Arm in arm, the team stood silently in a circle before training at the Coimbra da Mota stadium outside Lisbon.

"The brutality of the situation and the images we`ve seen have not left us indifferent," said the Portuguese Football Federation in a statement.

The photos of the Syrian toddler lying lifeless on one of Turkey`s top tourist beaches sparked a storm on social media and spurred global calls for action.

The Portugal team will play France in a friendly match Friday, before travelling to Albania Monday for a qualifying match for the 2016 European championships.