STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

UEFA will 'examine' Turkey footballers' military salute

The Turkish offensive began on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border area of north-east Syria.

Published: 13th October 2019 12:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2019 12:50 PM   |  A+A-

Football

Image used for representational purpose.

By PTI

ROME: European football's ruling body has said that they will "examine" reports that Turkey footballers performed a military salute in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Albania to mark their country's widely-condemned armed offensive against Kurds in Syria.

"Personally, I have not seen this gesture, which could be considered a provocation," UEFA's press chief Philip Townsend told the Italian Ansa news agency on Saturday.

"Does the regulation prohibit references to politics and religion? Yes, and I can guarantee you that we will look at this situation."

The salute was made after Cenk Tosun's winning goal for Turkey in the game in Istanbul on Friday.

After the match, a photo was also posted on the official Twitter account of the national team.

In it, the players are seen making a military salute with the tweet indicating the players "have dedicated their victory to our brave soldiers and fellow martyrs".

In Turkey, it is common for celebrities, including footballers, to show their support for the security forces after attacks or during military operations.

The Turkish offensive began on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump ordered American troops to pull back from the border area of north-east Syria.

Meanwhile, at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, Turkey's Ibrahim Colak made a military-style salute on the podium after winning gold in the men's rings event.

It was not known if the gesture was linked to the military campaign.

Stay up to date on all the latest Football news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp