[VIDEO] Galatasaray scorer Yasin embraces police in solidarity with İstanbul blast victims

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Galatasaray Yasin Oztekin celebrates after scoring a goal during the Turkish Super Lig football match Galatasaray vs Gaziantepspor, on December 11, 2016, a day after twin attacks near the home stadium of Besiktas football club. Turkey declared a day of national mourning after twin bombings targeting police struck the heart of Istanbul near the home stadium of football giants Besiktas, killing 38 people. STR / AFP

Galatasaray’s Yasin Öztekin, who scored three goals against Gaziantepspor in Sunday’s Süper Lig match, approached police officers and embraced them in solidarity with the victims of Saturday’s deadly bomb attack near Beşiktaş Vodafone Arena in İstanbul.

Galatasaray player Yasin Oztekin (C) hugs Turkish policemen after scoring a goal on December 11, 2016, a day after twin attacks near the home stadium of Besiktas football club. Turkey declared a day of national mourning after twin bombings targeting police struck the heart of Istanbul near the home stadium of football giants Besiktas, killing 38 people. / AFP PHOTO / STR
Galatasaray player Yasin Oztekin (C) hugs Turkish policemen after scoring a goal on December 11, 2016, a day after twin attacks near the home stadium of Besiktas football club.
Turkey declared a day of national mourning after twin bombings targeting police struck the heart of Istanbul near the home stadium of football giants Besiktas, killing 38 people. / AFP PHOTO / STR

The Turkish players and referees give carnations to police officers to pay tribute to police officers who were killed in the İstanbul terror attacks before the Turkish Spor Toto Süper Lig football match between Galatasaray and Gaziantepspor at TT Arena in İstanbul.

Galatasaray footballers, including Dutch player Wesley Sneijder, took some police officers patrolling the stadium to the stands for fans to applaud them.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Yasin said he was about to cry when he embraced the police officers.

We will overcome these difficulties together. Before the match began, I just wanted to score lots of goals and wanted to dedicate them to our martyrs,” he said.

Sunday’s matches began following a minute’s silence held before each game throughout the country.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - DECEMBER: Players and referees give carnations to police officers to pay tribute for police officers, who were martyred on Istanbul terror attacks near the Vodofone Arena yestarday, during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match between Galatasaray and Gaziantepspor at TT Arena in Istanbul, Turkey on December 11, 2016. Abdullah Coskun / Anadolu Agency
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – DECEMBER: Players and referees give carnations to police officers to pay tribute for police officers, who were martyred on Istanbul terror attacks near the Vodofone Arena yestarday, during the Turkish Spor Toto Super Lig football match between Galatasaray and Gaziantepspor at TT Arena in Istanbul, Turkey on December 11, 2016.
Abdullah Coskun / Anadolu Agency

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