Pro-Palestinian chants ring out again during Asian Cup game

Players of Palestine, left, and United Arab Emirates, right, stand as they observe the moment of silence prior to the start of the Asian Cup Group C soccer match between Palestine and United Arab Emirates at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

AL WAKRAH, Qatar (AP) — Chants of “free, free Palestine” rang out again from the crowd during the Palestinian soccer team's game against United Arab Emirates at the Asian Cup on Thursday.

Similar chants were made at the Palestinian team's game against Iran on Sunday.

Just as for that game, a moment's silence was held before kickoff for the lives lost as a result of the "ongoing situation in Palestine." Loud chanting had already rung out around Al Janoub Stadium before the two teams lined up in the center to observe the silence, and it started again shortly after.

Earlier, the Palestinian players applauded fans following the playing of the national anthem and then held a team huddle on the field.

Chants could be heard again after the Group C game kicked off.


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