Watch: Players in Greece protest refugee treatment, sit after kickoff

Players were reportedly acting in support of refugees as the death toll in the Mediterranean climbs.
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AEL Larissa beat Acharnaikos 2-0 in Greece's second tier on Friday, but it's what happened immediately after first kick at AEL Arena that merited attention.

Players and coaches from both teams sat down on the field for two minutes, reportedly in protest of the treatment of refugees. The game was played a day after over two dozen refugees perished in the Aegean Sea, adding to the climbing death toll in the region.

According to Reuters

As the crowd waited for the match to start all 22 outfield players–as well as coaches, officials and substitutes–sat down for two minutes in respect of the hundreds of refugees who have died trying to escape conflict or persecution in countries like Syria and Iraq. Twenty-four people attempting to cross to Europe from Turkey drowned when their boat sank off a Greek island on Thursday.

Watch the scenes below: