Erdogan at Turkey recreation: It's in regards to the semi-final and the wolf salute | EUROtoday

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Status: 06.07.2024 14:17

The wolf salute affair can also be within the highlight at Turkey's European Championship match towards the Netherlands as we speak. What are followers and gamers doing? And how is President Erdogan behaving within the stadium? Police representatives are calling for the match to not be politicized.

Following the wolf salute scandal involving Turkish nationwide participant Merih Demiral, Turkey's quarter-final match towards the Netherlands tonight is eagerly awaited. How are followers and gamers reacting to Demiral's ban? The police union (GdP) has urged followers upfront to not present the wolf salute. “Politics has no place on the pitch,” defined GdP federal chairman Jochen Kopelke. This is all of the extra true “if inhuman symbolism is expressed at its core.”

Demiral had carried out the wolf salute after scoring a objective within the spherical of 16 match towards Austria. It is taken into account a logo of the right-wing extremist Turkish group “Grey Wolves”. In Turkey, nonetheless, it’s also utilized by the ultra-nationalist MHP social gathering, which is a associate of the federal government beneath President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Demiral was subsequently banned by the European soccer affiliation UEFA and can’t participate within the quarter-final match tonight.

Erdogan dismisses gesture

Erdogan has additionally introduced that he might be attending the match at Berlin's Olympic Stadium. Erdogan's workplace advised the dpa information company that he’ll arrive shortly earlier than kick-off and can go away once more the identical night. No different appointments in Germany have been deliberate to date. Erdogan has not but commented on Demiral's ban. The Turkish president, nonetheless, dismissed criticism of the gesture, saying that the participant had solely expressed his “enthusiasm”.

In Turkey, UEFA's choice sparked some outrage. Turkish broadcaster TRT described the choice as a “scandal” and the president of the soccer affiliation, Mehhmet Büyükeksi, known as it “unacceptable, illegal and political”. Turkish soccer ultras known as on followers to indicate the wolf salute in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. Erdogan's response to that is eagerly awaited.

Police converse of “high-risk game”

Against this background, GdP boss Kopelke is asking for an examination of the situations beneath which the gesture will be banned. Angry Turkish followers additionally have to discover a measure of their anger, mentioned Kopelke. Overall, he spoke of a “high-risk game” for the police.

The Demiral affair has already led to diplomatic tensions between Berlin and Ankara. On Wednesday, the Turkish authorities summoned the German ambassador in Ankara after the German authorities criticized Demiral's “wolf salute” gesture. The Foreign Office then summoned the Turkish ambassador in Germany on Thursday.