Turkey feels a victim of intimidation before the qualifying match for the European Championship in Iceland. At the airport, this resulted in "unacceptable" behavior, including a toilet brush. Even President Erdogan arrives.
Keflavik – In the lead-up to the European championship playoffs between Turkey and Iceland, the checks at the entrance of the Turkish football team to the Keflavik Airport seems to have been a scandal. The Turkish 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 stranger asked Captain Emre Belözoglu to hold a cleaning brush instead of a microphone under his nose. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the treatment on Twitter "unacceptable".
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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."
Qualification for the European Championship: Turkey upset by Icelandic behavior – Erdogan also arouses discontent
Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin described the continued delays in the control of passports and baggage at Reykjavik airport by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as "disrespectful" and "unacceptable" sent a letter of diplomatic protest to northern Europeans. a deviation from diplomatic practices and sporting behavior. "Erdogan also called on the president of the Turkish Football Federation (FFF), Nihat Özdemir, and let it be known, according to information from the FFF, that the Turkish people were at their side. .
Qualification Championship of Europe: "lack of respect"? Iceland rejects allegations
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 security checks are usually quick, but they were a bit longer last night because there were a lot of electronic devices and liquids in the pockets of the passengers, which were not always removed at the airport. 39 "advance," said the Icelandic airport operator Isavia. In addition, the Konya airport, from which the players started, was not certified by the International Aviation Authority, stricter controls were carried out, added a senior official. operator. The Icelandic Football Federation later announced via the Visir website that Icelandic players would be subject to similar controls when they returned from a match played in Turkey about two years ago.
The two nations face each other on Tuesday night for the fourth round of qualifying for the European Championship. After three games played, the Icelanders have six points on the account, Turkey builds – including the victory against the world champion football – France – without losing points from the top of the table.
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