Medipol Başakşehir’s İrfan Can Kahveci has become the latest target of controversial UEFA proceedings over a military salute.
The Süper Lig side announced late Monday that the European football body has launched an investigation into Kahveci’s military salute after scoring a goal against Wolfsberger in a Europa League game in Istanbul on Oct. 24.
The military salute has become a common gesture for Turkish footballers and athletes after Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria earlier this month.
Players have often dedicated victories to the soldiers who fought in the counterterrorism operation. For UEFA, it is a political gesture and it launched another disciplinary probe on players making a military salute in a Euro 2020 qualifier between Turkey and Albania on Oct. 11 and between Turkey and France on Oct. 14.
Critics, however, blame the UEFA of pursuing politically motivated double standards over a simple patriotic gesture.
The criticism of the salute has laid bare hostilities toward Turkey when it comes to country’s fight against terrorism and Turkey has been critical of European countries’ stance against the operation under the pretext of defending an “ally” in its fight against Daesh in Syria.
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