Aggressive coach Pereira expels combustible Fenerbahçe captain

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 29.06.2015 20:03
Updated 29.06.2015 21:18

Vitor Pereira, the new manager of Fenerbahçe, came to the fore on Sunday by parting team's ways with captain Emre Belözoğlu, a star regarded as one of the integral parts of the team. He also consider Fenerbahçe's another agressive player Volkan Demirel to send bench this season while the club are seeking a new goalkeeper.

According to the Turkish media Pereira made the decision after he watched Emre's match videos. It wasn't hard to predict that there might be fireworks between Belözoğlu and Pereira considering their incident-laden backgrounds. Pereira is famous for his extraordinary behaviours. When the Portuguese was coach of Olympiakos, the manager entered the stands and challenged the fans of opposing team Panathinaikos. Steering Olympiakos to the championship title in the Greek League last season, Pereira hit the world's headlines for his behavior in the game. Pereira got angry when Panathinaikos fans threw fireworks and flares at Olympiakos president Evangelos Marikanis and went into the crowd after refusing to heed advice from security forces. He then headed straight over to the Gate 13 stand, where a well-known group of Panathinaikos supporters sit, and as fans started shouting and insulting him, he responded by inviting them to "come and get him," while gesturing with his hands.

Although fireworks, flares and chairs were aimed at the Portuguese coach by Panathinaikos fans, he unperturbedly left the stadium with police. Pereira also walked out of a press conference during his time with Saudi football club Al-Ahli in the past.Emre Belözoğlu has always courted controversy throughout his long career at Galatasaray, in Europe and now at Fenerbahçe. The midfielder has found trouble easy to come by in his career, getting investigated for racism on a number of occasions in England and in Turkey, while his behavior with the national team has given him a reputation as a disruptive force. In a game between Fenerbahçe and Kayserispor, Belözoğlu lost his temper after a forceful challenge by Argentina footballer Dario Cangele, before making a hand gesture threatening Cangele. The threat cost Belözoğlu a one-game suspension. During a dispute with Sabri Sarıoğlu in a derby game played in the 2008-2009 season against his former team Galatasaray, the experienced footballer Belözoğlu even managed to fall out with his own team-mates on the pitch.

Belözoğlu also quarreled with Didier Zokora in a Trabzonspor game in the 2011-2012 season. Zokora to legal action on the grounds that Belözoğlu used a racist slur against him and he was given a two-and-a-half-month suspended prison sentence. Additionally, having argued with Beşiktaş's former coach Slaven Bilic on the pitch, Belözoğlu quarreled with Beşiktaş fans.

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