After Istanbul nightclub attack, footballers say they are ‘happy to stay’
The mother of Dutch footballer Wesley Sneijder said that her son is happy in Turkey and won't leave
After the attack on an elite nightclub in Istanbul that killed 39 people on new year’s day, international footballers have emphasized that despite the attack, they feel safe in Turkey.
The mother of Dutch footballer Wesley Sneijder who plays for Turkey’s Galatasaray football club has said: “My son and daughter-in-law Yolanthe used to often go to that night club. I'm very worried. I told them to leave Istanbul. But my son said he is happy and won't leave,” Turkish daily Sabah reported.
Sneider previously said “I feel like I am a Turk” after a charity match on Dec. 22 for the benefit of terror victms. The football star and his wife have been living in Istanbul for four years and their first child was born in Turkey.
Meanwhile, other athletes gave support to Turkey.
Italian star Luigi Datome of Fenerbahce Ulker’s basketball team said: “I will continue to travel in Turkey as long as I find the opportunity. Turkey is a very beautiful country.”
Another footballer from the Turkish team, Fenerbahce, Brazilian Josef de Souza said: “I am happy in Istanbul…Turkish people are continuing their lives without fear despite the terror attacks.”
While Besiktas’s former star striker Pascal Nouma said: “Terrorism not only hit Istanbul but also it hit the world. Their target is to spread fear worldwide.”
Shooting at restaurant in Istanbul's Fatih districtTurkey has had several recent attacks, the latest attack, which occurred New ... Middle East
Istanbul attack shows terror is closer than we thinkThe terror attacks may be local but the reach of the pain they cause are global Middle East Opinion
Turkey identifies Istanbul nightclub attackerAuthorities, however, did not name the attacker and gave no further details Middle East
Family of Arab Israeli citizen killed in Istanbul attack mourns her deathLayan Nasser saved up for 5 months to travel to Turkey on her first trip abroad Features