Echoes of the “Grey Wolves” .. Erdogan comments on the celebration of the Turkish player

Turkish media reported on Friday that Erdogan had decided to attend the national team’s quarter-final match at the 2024 European Championship in Berlin on Saturday, after controversy caused by Demiral, who celebrated with a symbol carrying political content.

Media reported that Erdogan “Does anyone wonder why there is an eagle on the German national team shirt, or a rooster on the French national team shirt?” Merih said on a flight from Kazakhstan.

UEFA has suspended Demiral for two matches after he celebrated with a “Wolf greeting“, after scoring twice in a 2-1 win over Austria to send his team into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2008.

Turkish Sports Minister Osman Aşkın Bak condemned the federation’s decision, writing on the X platform: “We condemn the unfair and biased decision of UEFA, which has no legal basis, and we consider it purely political.”

Türkiye will play the Netherlands in the quarter-finals on Saturday at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

This signal is associated with the regulation ofGrey Wolves“It is the youth wing of the ultra-nationalist Nationalist Movement Party of Turkey, and is close to the current ruling party.

The organization was founded in the 1960s, and was involved in political violence between leftists and nationalists in Türkiye It caused the deaths of about 5,000 people during the 1980 coup.

“There is no place for symbols of Turkish right-wing extremists in our stadiums,” German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said on the X platform.

The organization is banned in France, and its symbol is banned in Austria.

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