According to media reports: UEFA bans Demiral for two games after “wolf salute”

According to media reports: UEFA bans Demiral for two games after “wolf salute”
According to media reports: UEFA bans Demiral for two games after “wolf salute”

Turkey star Merih Demiral showed the “wolf salute” against Austria – a symbol of Turkish ultranationalists. The match could have been his last European Championship game this year.

The so-called wolf salute of Turkish national football player Merih Demiral at the European Championships in Germany is having a wider impact. “Bild” reported on Thursday evening that Demiral has been banned by UEFA for two European Championship games. He will therefore miss the quarter-finals against the Netherlands and a possible semi-final.

However, the Turkish association called the news of the ban a false report. They had until Friday morning to submit their defense. The Turkish Ministry of Communications also wrote on the X platform that evening that the ban was false information. UEFA initially did not want to comment on the matter on Thursday evening.

Demiral had shown the “wolf salute” with his hands after scoring a goal in Turkey’s round of 16 match against Austria, which is considered a symbol of the right-wing extremist Turkish Grey Wolves. In Germany, there are 18,500 members, making the group the largest right-wing extremist organization in the country. The Grey Wolves are not banned, but they are monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Wolf salute Turkey match 10.30

The wolf salute is not banned in Germany. “The symbols of Turkish right-wing extremists have no place in our stadiums,” wrote Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser on Platform X. “Using the European Football Championship as a platform for racism is completely unacceptable.” She called on the European football association UEFA to investigate the case and consider sanctions, which it agreed to do. The Turkish Foreign Ministry called the UEFA investigation unacceptable.

Merih Demiral’s goal celebration has a diplomatic echo

The Turkish ambassador in Berlin was summoned to the Foreign Office on Thursday to discuss the incident, a ministry spokeswoman in Berlin said. The German ambassador in Ankara had already been summoned on Wednesday. The Turkish government accuses Germany of “xenophobia” in the case.

Turkey beat Austria 2-1 in Leipzig on Tuesday and will face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals in Berlin on Saturday. Demiral scored both goals against Austria.

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According to media reports, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also expected to attend the quarter-finals on Saturday evening. There was no official confirmation of the visit at this time. “A meeting between Turkish President Erdogan and Chancellor Scholz on Saturday is not planned,” a government spokeswoman said when asked.

Source: Stern

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