Turkey: soccer player disqualified over peace with Kurds

12 days to Naki from Amedspor for 'ideological propaganda'

05 February, 12:41

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, FEBRUARY 5 - A soccer player has been disqualified for 12 days and fined for 19,500 Turkish liras (a little over 6,000 euros) by the Turkish soccer federation over ''ideological propaganda''. Amedspor forward Deniz Naki had said in an interview that he hoped for a peaceful solution to the conflict between Ankara and the Pkk after seeing the terrible situation in Cizre, the south-eastern Kurdish city under total curfew since last December 14.

    Naki, the 26-year-old Turkish-German soccer player, in 2014 was attacked in Ankara, where he was playing, for expressing solidarity to the Kurds fighting against ISIS in Kobane.

    Since last summer, the conflict in south-east Turkey has resumed with unprecedented levels of violence since the 1990s, causing hundreds of deaths, including civilians, and dozens of displaced. Amedspor, the team of Kurdish 'capital' Diyarbakir, has threatened not to play the match of the Turkish cup against Fenerbahce if the decision to exclude its fans, accused of chanting pro-Kurdish slogans, will not be revoked. A week ago, about 100 of them were held by police and the club's headquarters searched. (ANSAmed).

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