NYON: UEFA has announced that a moment of silence will be observed before kick-off at all UEFA club competition matches taking place this week, as a show of support for Turkey and Syria and as a mark of respect for the victims after last Monday’s devastating earthquakes. 

The moment of silence will be observed at four UEFA Champions League round of 16 first-leg games, eight UEFA Europa League knockout play-offs first-leg fixtures and eight UEFA Europa Conference League knockout play-offs first-leg matches. 

During the pre-match ceremony and the moment of silence, a commemorative banner will be displayed on the field with the message “We Are Together With You” in Turkish and Arabic language.

The message will also be shown by TV broadcasters and on giant screen in each stadium. The LED boards around the stadiums will remain unlit during the moment of silence as a sign of deepest sympathy and full support to the Turkish and Syrian people.

Finally, black armbands can be worn at the discretion of the teams and referees.