UEFA investigating Turkey over military-style salute in Albania and France matches


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UEFA is currently exploring a military-style salute achieved by Turkey’s players and in the 1-1 draw with France.
The governing body of european football has been examining the salute, which is in clear support of the Turkish forces involved with the invasion of areas in Syria of the country.
Everton ahead Cenk Tosun scored a winner on Friday from Albania in Instanbul and, together with his team-mates, completed the salute facing his country’s supporters.
At the Stade de France on Monday, Olivier Giroud scored for France in the 75th minute before Kaan Ayhan equalized for Turkey six minutes - his team-mates then defied UEFA regulations , lining up in the front of the away supporters and saluting for another time.
UEFA’s rules state that national football associations may be subject to disciplinary measures for”using gestures, words, objects or any other way to transmit a provocative message that is not match for a sports event, especially provocative messages that are of a political, philosophical, spiritual or offensive nature”.
Tosun posted a picture of his team-mates conducting the salute on Instagram alongside the caption:”For our state, particularly for the individuals who are devoting their lives to our state.”
Everton are to make any remark on his networking article and Tosun’s celebration.
UEFA told Sky Sports News at an announcement:”An Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to commence disciplinary investigations regarding possible provocative political behavior by players of the national team of the Turkish Soccer 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 2020 and the national team of the French Football Federation on 14 October 2019.”
Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu has defended the celebration of the team during their clash with France, deeming it to be hypocritical for UEFA to launch an investigation as it didn’t do the same.
Meanwhile, France’s sports ministry Roxana Maracineanu has called for sanctions from UEFA following Turkey at the Stade de France’s activities.
Turkey lead Team H of this European Qualifiers ahead of France on goal difference.
A tweet was published by the Soccer Federation after the Albania match a week, and this showed the players and coaching team in the room.
In the tweet, the federation wrote that the team”dedicated their success to our courageous brothers and fellow martyrs”.
On Monday, Turkish midfielder Cenk Sahin premiered by German group St Pauli following his Instagram post.
“Cenk Sahin has been released from his coaching and playing duties with immediate impact,” St Pauli explained in a declaration.

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