The Turkish Football Association risks being punished by UEFA. In the European Championship qualifying match with France (1-1) the equalizer was celebrated in a controversial manner on Monday and that happened against Albania (1-0) on Friday.
After defender Kaan Ayhan's goal in Paris, the players saluted towards the fans, referring to the Turkish army, which recently invaded northeastern Syria and fought with Kurdish forces there. The gesture was also made after the game.
UEFA does not allow political statements in football and already had Turkey on the radar after the players celebrated Friday's striker Cenk Tosun's winning goal against Albania in the same way. A spokesperson then informed the BBC that the situation is being investigated.
After the match against Albania, the Turkish federation also posted a photo on Instagram showing that the entire selection and staff are saluting, with the victory in the text dedicated to the army.
UEFA has not yet responded to the way defender Ayhan's goal against France was celebrated.
St. Pauli puts midfielder Sahin out of selection
The fact that the situation in Syria is also affecting the world of football became apparent on Monday, when Second Bundesliga club St. Pauli put midfielder Cenk Sahin out of the selection.
25-year-old Turk had joined the army in a post on Instagram. Sahin is no longer allowed to train with St. Pauli, where he still has a contract until mid-2021.
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