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UEFA Opens Disciplinary Proceedings against Turkey


7Dnews London - Mahmoud Al Assal

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 03:27 GMT

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) decided on Tuesday to open disciplinary proceedings against Turkey into "potential provocative political behaviour" by their players after they made military salutes in their last two matches.

AFP reported that Turkish players made the salutes, seen as supporting Turkey's current widely-condemned military operation in Syria, during their last two games in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and France, respectively.

The UEFA has taken action towards investigating the matter. France's national team football coach, Didier Deschamps, revealed Sunday that he hopes to keep the simmering diplomatic tension with Turkey outside of Euro 2020 qualifier.

Turkey's national team snatched the draw against France eight minutes before the final whistle of a game that finished with a 1-1 draw between the two sides late on Monday.

After scoring against France, the Turkish players went to the fans and made the military salutes.

The crunch showdown came just days after Turkish soldiers began a cross-border assault against Kurdish fighters in defiance of international criticism and threats of sanctions.

France and Turkey both have 19 points and are leaders of Group H in the qualifiers after playing eight games each.