Reported ban on Turkish and Turkish Cyprus flags at intense AEL Limassol Fenerbahce game stirs row among Fenerbehce fans
A reported ban on the national flags of Turkey and Turkish Cyprus ahead of the instense Oct. 25 Europa League game between AEL Limassol and Fenerbahce in Greek Cyprus initiates a heated debate within the Istanbul football giants.
Istanbul / NationalTurk – While initial reports claimed that the Istanbul based club had forced its fans to sign a waiver agreeing to not unfurl Turkish or Turkish Cypriot flags for fear of provoking an incident, Fenerbahçe officially denied it and statrd Fenerbahce fans and the team were obliged to obey UEFA fair-play rules.
The move for the match was reportedly carried out in order to avoid possible unwanted incidents that could result in a subsequent match between the two clubs in Istanbul being played behind closed doors.
AEL Fenerbahce EuroLeague game, which will be played Oct. 25 in Limassol Greek Cyprus has been placed in the risky matches category, said a statement released by Fenerbahçe on its website.
AEL Limassol, meanwhile, is not banning its supporters from bringing Greek or Greek Cypriot flags into the match.
Some 300 police officers will reportedly be deployed at the stadium during the match as part of security measures.
Fenerbahçe SK midfielder Raul Meireles will miss both games against AEL Limassol FC due to a thigh injury but Gökhan Gönül, Mehmet Topal and Joseph Yobo could all feature.
Turks must bring in their noble national flags. Or no one should go in as spectators…!!Grekks are allowed..and we are not!! Piss off the lot of you!!
I am just wondering what is the Greek Cypriot flag? Last time I checked the flag with the copper map of the island along with the olive branches is the Cypriot flag and not the “Greek Cypriot” flag… Please do your research next time before posting articles.
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