Turkey mad at Iceland for football ‘disrespect’

Turkey team training, 5 Jun 19
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The Turkish group has actually won all its Euro 2020 qualifying matches up until now.

Turkey has revealed fury at the method its national footballers were dealt with at Iceland’s Reykjavik airport.

In a tweet, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the team’s treatment “unacceptable in regards to diplomatic and humanitarian practice” and stated Turkey would “do what is required”.

As journalists surrounded some players on arrival a dish-scouring brush could be seen among the microphones.

Players also withstood a lengthy customs search, Turkish media reported.

According to Turkish broadcaster NTV, Turkey has provided a diplomatic demonstration to Iceland. Icelandic officials have not yet reacted to a request for talk about the incident.

The Turkish group arrived on Sunday, ahead of a match against Iceland on Tuesday in the Uefa Euro 2020 qualifying competition.

Turkey presently tops Group H, having actually won all 3 of its matches up until now in the six-nation group. The group beat world champs France 2-0 on Saturday.

Burak Yilmaz, a striker for the Turkish club Besiktas, was priced quote as stating the group were kept waiting at Icelandic customs for three hours, throughout a painstaking bag search.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a football fan, having actually played semi-professionally before he was chosen as mayor of Istanbul in 1994.

His representative Ibrahim Kalin tweeted to state that “disrespect to our nationwide group in Iceland is undesirable”.

” Our state and country stand beside the nationwide group, who will give the best answer on the field,” he stated.

President Erdogan was best man at the wedding of Turkish star Mesut Ozil on Friday.

Turkey mad at Iceland for football 'disrespect'
Media caption President Erdogan congratulated the couple after the ceremony

France -Turkey stress

There was likewise diplomatic tension surrounding the Turkey-France match on Saturday in Konya.

French President Emmanuel Macron stated sustained whistling by Turkish fans while the French nationwide anthem was being played was “inappropriate”.

On Monday Noël Le Graët, head of the French Football Federation stated the whistling was “regrettable” however added: “for me, it does not amount to an event”. His reaction suggests that France will not escalate the matter with Turkey.

President Macron is among the most vocal opponents in the EU to Turkey’s quote to join the 28- country bloc. Turkey’s talks on EU subscription are presently deadlocked.


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