Turkey accuse Iceland of being ‘disrespectful’ and ‘rude’ ahead of Euro 2020 qualifier

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Turkey captain Emre Belozoglu and vice-captain Burak Yilmaz were furious with the treatment the national team received at the Keflavik airport

Turkey have accused Iceland of being ‘disrespectful’ and ‘rude’ ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifier.

The national team claim they were held and searched for over three hours after arriving at the Keflavik airport.

Emre Belozoglu, Turkey’s captain, was furious

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Emre Belozoglu, Turkey’s captain, was furious

Turkey, who secured a shock 2-0 win over world champions France on Saturday, face Iceland looking to strengthen their grip on top spot in Group H on Tuesday.

Turkey captain Emre Belozoglu, who had a washing-up brush held towards his face in place of a microphone while speaking to reporters at the airport, said: “We were searched more than once which was unnecessary, and we were told to wait until now.”

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Turkey vice-captain Burak Yilmaz added: “What they have done is disrespectful and rude.

“We have been waiting here for three hours. They took everyone’s bags and even everyone’s cosmetics.


“They searched it again and again. We flew for six-and-a-half hours and we’ve waited for three hours.”

Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesman for Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan, expressed his anger over the situation on social media.

On Twitter, he said: “The disrespect shown to our national team in Iceland is unacceptable and what is necessary will be done.

“Our national team will give the best response on the field.”





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