Valencia's players paid their respects to the victims of the
earthquake and tsunami in Japan by wearing special one-off shirts that had
their names written in Japanese.
The Liga side took to the field at the Mestalla on
Sunday wearing the unique shirts in their match against Sevilla.
The Valencia stars' touching gesture did not help their
football, however: Sevilla beat their hosts 1-0, denting Valencia's hopes of qualifying
automatically for the Champions League group stage next season.
It was not the only tribute over the
weekend: from rugby matches to motorsport, competitors and fans alike observed
silences to pay their respects to the thousands affected by the tragedy.
Manchester United and Bolton were just two of the many
football sides to observe a minute's silence before kick-off.
At the WTA Indian Wells tennis tournament, world number one
Caroline Wozniacki held up a Japanese flag.
And the normally raucous MotoGP circus was silenced as the
riders gathered to pay their tribute at the first race of the season in Qatar.