Many Everton supporters have been discussing on social media whether or not the Blues should take any form of action over Cenk Tosun’s military salute celebration for Turkey.
Europe’s football governing body UEFA have said that they will be investigating the celebration given by Turkey’s national side, per the BBC, after several of their players offered a military salute when Tosun scored against Albania last week.
Tosun also shared a post on Instagram following the game, with the message: “For our nation, especially for the ones who are risking their lives for our nation.”
Turkey’s army are currently clashing with Kurdish fighters in areas of northern Syria controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, with dozens of civilians and fighters killed on both sides.
The offensive move by Turkey sparked the Syrian government to send its army to the northern border to try and halt the advances, via the BBC, in a decision taken after the United States withdrew all of its remaining troops from the area; they had been a close ally of the SDF, who were heavily bombarded over the weekend.
UEFA disciplinary rules prohibit any form of political gesture, or an act that is intended to provoke a reaction on political, ideological or religious beliefs.
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German Bundesliga 2 outfit FC St. Pauli have recently parted company with one of their players, Cenk Sahin, for his involvement in Turkey’s military salute celebration and a subsequent post on his Instagram account, with the Hamburg-based club releasing the midfielder with immediate effect on Monday.
The club took action after an internal investigation which included discussions with fans, board members and friends with roots in Turkey.
A statement by St. Pauli read: “Sahin has been released from his training and playing duties with immediate effect. The prime factors in reaching the decisions were his repeated disregard for the club’s values and the need to protect the player.
“After numerous discussions with fans, members and friends whose roots lie in Turkey, it has become clear to us that we cannot and should not attempt to gauge nuances in perceptions and attitudes from other cultural backgrounds in detail.”
Some Everton supporters have now suggested their side should do likewise with Tosun, although there is a clear break among fans who feel the Blues should not intervene in matters that did not occur at club level.
Here are some of the messages shared…
Nothing , he didn’t do it in an Everton shirt
— fen (@evertonianfenny) October 15, 2019
Well done st pauli, hopefully we do the same with tosun https://t.co/jVldNl6UGm
— Ian (@Ian_efc1878) October 15, 2019
How about a quiet private word reminding him of his responsibilities when away on international duties ? He’s clearly a proud Turk and entitled to his own views regardless of whether or not they correspond with the majority viewpoint here in the UK or Europe.
— Neil Blanchard (@Spartanblue67) October 15, 2019
No it’s nothing to do with everton football club. We have enough issues as it is without our fans creating more.
— Kev (@kjwhitey) October 15, 2019
Not sure what he did was illegal Can we start punishing players for doing things we don’t agree with?
— Ian Naylor (@IanNaylor1) October 15, 2019
A fine a suspension punishes the team and be made to apologise for his actions no matter how innocent or not the intention was it was still offensive for a lot of people
— Phil Lloyd (@philblueboy) October 15, 2019
Tough one because without knowing the details of contracts etc no one can say if the club actually can do something….
— The Boyer316 Experiment (@boyer316) October 15, 2019
— david rees (@itsalloursnow) October 15, 2019
It’s not an Everton issue so no. It’s a matter between the Turkish FA and UEFA, it’s not Evertons place to get involved.
— BeerGuzzler (@BeerGuzzler1878) October 15, 2019