Israeli footballer prosecuted in Turkey for “inciting hatred” | EUROtoday

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Sagiv Jehezkel, Israeli footballer taking part in in Turkey below the colours of the Antalyaspor membership (within the Süper Lig, Turkish D1), was arrested on Sunday January 14, after his staff’s match towards Trabzonspor. The participant scored the equalizer and celebrated by displaying a bandage with a message on his wrist: “100 days. 07/10. » A reference to the attacks perpetrated by Hamas on October 7. The Turkish police saw this as a provocation and arrested the footballer for “inciting hatred”. He was lastly launched Monday morning.

Sagiv Jehezkel defended himself towards these accusations and guaranteed that he “wanted an end to the war”. “I didn’t do anything to provoke anyone. I am not pro-war. There are Israelis being held hostage in Gaza,” the participant mentioned, in response to the personal tv channel NTV, which claims to have had entry to his police interrogation.

An open investigation

“I have never disrespected anyone since I was in Turkey. I want the war to stop. That’s why I showed this sign” on the finish of the match, assured Sagiv Jehezkel, who has performed for Antalyaspor since September 2023. He is below contract for 3 years, till June 2026.

Sagiv Jehezkel was arrested on the finish of Sunday’s match and kicked out of his staff. “The Antalya prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation for public incitement to hatred due to his odious celebration in favor of the massacre committed by Israel in Gaza,” introduced Turkish Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunç on X. The participant should reply of his actions earlier than the courts.