Turkey complains of "unacceptable treatment" of the national team
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After the sensational success against France, the Turkish national team went to Iceland. Once there, a scandal occurred, including a cleaning brush. Erdogan's Minister of Foreign Affairs intervenes.
ZIt's been days since the Turkish football team made a splash. At home in Konya, she fooled the world champion, France, in qualifying for the European Championship in 2020 2-0. In Iceland, where trainer Senol Günes will start on Tuesday evening, should follow the next victory.
However, before this match in Group H, control at the entrance of the Turkish team at Keflavik airport was a scandal. The team had to wait about two hours for passport control and was subjected to strict security checks, the official Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.
In addition, a foreigner had asked Captain Emre Belözoglu to hold a cleaning brush instead of a microphone under his nose. It should be an Icelandic journalist. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the treatment on Twitter "unacceptable".
"I condemn the authorities and officials"
Fahrettin Altun, director of communication of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also protested and wrote on Twitter that the treatment was incompatible with diplomatic courtesy or sports behavior. "I condemn the authorities and officials responsible for what happened."
The operator of the airport, Isavia, rejected the charges and said that its employees had been forced by international rules to submit all passengers to a security check. The process would have taken 80 minutes.
According to Anadolu, Turkey's ambassador to Norway, Fazli Corman, went to Iceland following the incident. The Turkish national team arrived late Sunday night.