Cenk Şahin is no longer allowed to play for FC St. Pauli due to a controversial Instagram post. The Turkish football professional will be "released from the training and game operation with immediate effect," said the club. Şahin had welcomed the military offensive of Turkey in northern Syria last Friday and expressed his solidarity with Instagram.
To decision-making, above all, the "repeated disregard for the values of the club and the protection of the player", it said. After numerous discussions "with fans, members and friends whose roots are in Turkey", the club's management became aware that "we can not and should not judge every detail of different perceptions and attitudes from other cultures". The second division also said, "without any discussion and without any doubt, we reject acts of war, and these and their solidarity fundamentally contradict the values of the association."
The contract with the 25-year-old midfielder should initially remain valid. The Hamburg give Şahin, who is the second most expensive professional in the club's history with a transfer fee of 1.3 million euros, a training and guest permission. Thus, he may join in his Turkish homeland, where he currently resides, another club. A transfer is only possible in winter.
Şahin wrote in his post: "We are on the side of our heroic military and armies, our prayers are with you!" As a result, fans of FC St. Pauli had called on the club to immediately separate from the player.