In the post shared on social media, it was claimed that only Arda Turan laughed during the commemoration in the friendly match in 2017 between Barcelona and Chapecoense, which lost most of its players in a plane accident. The photo shared on Twitter on 19 May 2020 got almost 8.000 likes.
Some commemorative events were organized before the friendly match between Barcelona and Chapecoense, which lost 19 players in the plane crash in 2016. It is understood that during these activities, the footballers lined up side by side, watching the speeches and choreographies.
In a photo on August 7, 2017, in Getty Images, it can be seen that Arda Turan and other players laughed at the applause.
This can be seen in another photo in the European Photo Agency (EPA). It can be noticed that some of the footballers laughed during the speech of Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde at the time. Again, in another photograph in the AP, it can be seen that Messi and the football players next to him laugh during the event.
It is obvious in the pre-match views. Accordingly, two teams of football players gathered on the field and watched the choreography, then they cheerfully left. Finally, it can be seen in the behind-the-scenes footage of the match that the footballers were laughing and accompanying the applause.
Arda Turan blew the gaffe in a video he recorded for 19 May Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day, and said “I congratulate 19 May National Sovereignty and Children’s Day”.
In conclusion, the claim is not true. The post in question is an example of a false context.
Getty Images, The photo before the match, 7 August 2017
AP, The photo during the match, 7 August 2017
EPA, The photo with other laughing players, 7 August 2017
YouTube, Views before the match, 7 August 2017
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Translation: Hilal Ebru Yakar