UEFA is investigating a salute done by Turkeys players at a European Qualifier, and in the 1-1 draw with France throughout their victory in a favorable over Albania.
European footballs governing body was examining the salute, that will be in apparent support of the forces involved with the countrys invasion of Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria.
Everton ahead Cenk Tosun scored a winner on Friday against Albania at Instanbul and, along with his team-mates, performed the salute in front of his countrys supporters.
At the Stade de France on Monday, Olivier Giroud scored for France at the 75th minute before Kaan Ayhan equalized for Turkey six minutes – his team-mates then defied UEFA regulations again, lining up in front of the away fans and saluting for a second time.
UEFAs rules state that national soccer associations may be subject to corrective actions forusing gestures, words, items or some other way to transmit a provocative message thats not fit for a sports event, especially provocative messages that are of a political, philosophical, spiritual or offensive nature.
Tosun posted a picture of him and his team-mates conducting the salute on Instagram in addition to the caption:To our state, particularly for the ones who are risking their lives for our nation.
Everton are to make any remark on Tosuns party and also his social media article.
UEFA told Sky Sports News in an announcement:An Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to commence disciplinary investigations in terms of possible provocative political behaviour by gamers of the national team of the Turkish Football Federation…
On the occasion of the 2020 European Championship Qualifying Round matches performed against the national team of the Football Association of Albania on 11 October 2019 along with the national team of the French Football Federation on 14 October 2019.
Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu has defended the teams celebration deeming it to be hypocritical to launch an investigation as it did not do the exact same for French forwards Antoine Griezmann, that saluted President Emmanuel Macron.
Frances sports ministry Roxana Maracineanu has called for sanctions from UEFA after the activities of Turkey at the Stade de France.
Turkey lead Group H of this European Qualifiers ahead of France following six wins, 1 draw and one defeat, on goal difference.
The Turkish Soccer Federation posted a tweet following the Albania game which showed the players and coaching team in the dressing room creating the salute.
In the tweet, the federation composed that the groupdedicated their success to our courageous brothers and fellow martyrs.
On Monday, Turkish midfielder Cenk Sahin was released by German team St Pauli following his Instagram post.
Cenk Sahin has been released from his coaching and playing responsibilities with immediate effect, St Pauli said in a statement.
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