UEFA is currently investigating a military-style salute done by Turkey’s players throughout their victory in a friendly over Albania, also at the 1-1 draw with France.
European football’s governing body has been examining the salute, which will be in apparent support of the Turkish forces involved in the country’s invasion of Kurdish-held regions in northern Syria.
Everton forward Cenk Tosun scored a 90th-minute winner from Albania at Instanbul as well as along with his own team-mates, completed the salute in front of the supporters of his country.
At the Stade de France on Monday, Olivier Giroud scored for France in the 75th minute before Kaan Ayhan equalized for Turkey six minutes afterwards – his team-mates then defied UEFA regulations , lining up in the front of the away supporters and saluting for another time.
UEFA’s rules say that national soccer associations might be subject to corrective actions for”using gestures, words, objects or some other way to carry a provocative message that is not match for a sports event, particularly provocative messages which are of a political, philosophical, spiritual or offensive character”.
Tosun posted a picture of his team-mates running the salute on Instagram in addition to the caption:”To our state, particularly for the people that are risking their lives to our nation.”
Everton are yet to make any remark on his social media article and Tosun’s celebration.
UEFA told Sky Sports News at a statement:”An Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector was appointed to initiate disciplinary investigations with regard to potential provocative political behavior by gamers of the national team of the Turkish Football Federation…”
“On the occasion of this 2020 European Championship Qualifying Round matches performed against the national team of the Football Association of Albania on 11 October 2019 and the national group of the French Football Federation on 14 October 2019, respectively.”
Turkish Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu has defended the team’s celebration throughout their clash with France, deeming it to be hypocritical to launch an investigation as it did not do the same for French forward Antoine Griezmann, who saluted President Emmanuel Macron.
Meanwhile, France’s sports ministry Roxana Maracineanu has called from UEFA after Turkey in the Stade de France’s activities.
Turkey lead Group H of this European Qualifiers before France on goal difference.
A tweet was published by the Soccer Federation following the Albania match which revealed coaching staff and the players in the room creating the salute.
In the tweet, the federation wrote that the team”dedicated their success to our brave soldiers and fellow martyrs”.
On Monday, group St Pauli after his Instagram post encouraging Turkey’s military incursion released Turkish midfielder Cenk Sahin.
“Cenk Sahin has been released from his coaching and playing responsibilities with immediate effect,” St Pauli explained in a statement.
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