Trabzonspor fans unveil tifo in support of emergency service workers following earthquake in Turkey

Trabzonspor fans unveil emotional tifo in support of emergency service workers following devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria… while players celebrate winning goal by standing in solidarity

Trabzonspor supporters unveiled an emotional tifo in support of emergency service workers before their clash with Basel following the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which struck while people were sleeping last week, has claimed the lives of more than 41,000 people, according to the latest figures.

Rescue missions are still ongoing – including for former Newcastle and Chelsea player Christian Atsu – but authorities have not revealed how many people are still missing. 

Trabzonspor announced before the Europa Conference League tie that all proceeds from the game will be donated to the victims.

And as the players walked out into the Akyazi Stadium, fans unveiled a special tifo which depicted an emergency service worker rescuing a baby from the rubble.

Trabzonspor fans unveiled a tifo in support of emergency service workers in Turkey and Syria

It also featured a brave Mexican rescue dog called Proteo, who died while performing its duties in Turkey.

Meanwhile, the tifo also showed a defiant fist rising through the rubble holding a Turkish flag. 

The players also wore black armbands and held a minute’s silence, while a Basel banner read: ‘Our thoughts are with you.’ 

Trabzonspor went on to beat Swiss side Basel 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal from Jens Stryger Larsen.

The players celebrated the goal by gathering together and standing in solidarity while holding a Turkey shirt.

It was a visibly emotional day for the home side who were playing despite the Turkish Super Lig being suspended as a result of the quake.

Speaking after the game, Trabzonspor manager Abdullah Avci told ‘Football has a power to heal and unite. I’m so glad that we played this game tonight. 

‘All the Turkish clubs supported us today, and everyone in the country showed their support. It’s emotional.’ 

The two sides will meet again next Thursday in Switzerland for the second leg of the Europa Conference League play-offs.