İlhan Biçer, a long-standing fan of Demir Grup Sivasspor, is puzzled over a match ban he received from the Turkish Football Federation.
The federation said he was apparently among a group of fans of the Süper Lig side punished for their "ugly and bad chant" and insulting players on the pitch. There is one problem though: Biçer is deaf and mute. The 46-year-old man, aided by his son, spoke to reporters on Thursday and complained about the punishment, a one-match ban from the stadium. He will miss Sivas' next game against Gençlerbirliği due to the ban.
Biçer and his son were among dozens of fans in a section of the stadium during a Dec. 7 match between Sivasspor and BtcTurk Yeni Malatyaspor who also face a blanket ban for inappropriate chants.
Talking to reporters through his son, who also serves as his sign language interpreter, Biçer said the ban was "meaningless."