Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s President, said Thursday that UEFA were discriminating against Turkey’s football team following a controversy over the players’ use of military salutes on the pitch. UEFA opened disciplinary hearings against Turkey last month after its players saluted during Euro 2020 qualifiers – a gesture seen as supporting the country’s military offensive in Syria.
Erdogan could not be wrong more. It’s a law in soccer football that politics should not be involved and Turkish players were obviously supporting their military actions in Syria which resulted in death of innocent people. Even if politics could be involved, and it gets sometimes, the fact that Turkey’s military is attempting to genocide the Kurds is a good reason to stop Turkish players.
Erdogan said this was part of a wider campaign against Turkish sports stars who supported the operation.
“Sportsmen representing our country abroad are being subjected to a lynching campaign since the start of the operation,” Erdogan said at a press conference in Ankara.
What Erdogan said is officially claiming that Turkish government is using sports for its interests and to make a better public overview for Turkey’s actions in Syria.