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Before the qualifying match between Turkey and Iceland for the European Championship, control at the entrance of the Turkish football team at Keflavik airport has become a scandal, reported Monday the Turkish news agency Anadolu.
According to the report, the team had to wait two hours for passport control and was subjected to strict security checks. Overall, the procedure lasted three hours.
A stranger would have had Turkish captain Emre Belözoglu held a cleaning brush instead of a microphone under his nose – apparently to make fun of the player.
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The scandal has already led to strong dislocations far beyond sport. Almost all the political elite of Turkey has already reacted. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the treatment on Twitter "unacceptable".
Fahrettin Altun, director of communications of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also wrote on Twitter that the treatment was incompatible with diplomatic courtesy or sports behavior.
"I condemn the authorities and officials responsible for what happened."
Even Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded. He called the president of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), Nihat Özdemir, and let it be known, according to information from the FFT, that the Turkish people stood by their side.
According to Anadolu, the Turkish ambassador to Norway, Fazli Corman, also went to Iceland following the incident.
The Turkish national team arrived late in the evening on a private plane.
Qualifiers for the 2020 European Championship will take place on Tuesday night.
For its part, the airport operator, Isavia, rejected the charges and said the international rules required its employees to submit all passengers to a security check. The process would have taken 80 minutes.
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