UEFA will “examine” Turkey footballers’ military salute

Ibrahim Colak also saluted on the podium after winning the title in the rings event at the World Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart

European football’s ruling body said Saturday that they will “examine” reports that Turkey footballers performed a military salute in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Albania to mark their country’s widely-condemned armed offensive against Kurds in Syria.

“Personally, I have not seen this gesture, which could be considered a provocation,” UEFA’s press chief Philip Townsend told the Italian Ansa news agency.

“Does the regulation prohibit references to politics and religion? Yes, and I can guarantee you that we will look at this situation.”

The salute was made after Cenk Tosun‘s winning goal for Turkey in the game in Istanbul on Friday.

After the match, a photo was also posted on the official Twitter account of the national team.

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