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Turkish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia canceled amid row over Atatürk T-shirts | Football news

Istanbul rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce were scheduled to play in Riyadh on Friday.

The Turkish Super Cup final between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, scheduled for the Saudi capital Riyadh, has been canceled due to an apparent disagreement over the players’ jerseys.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) and the two teams, who returned to Istanbul on Saturday after Friday’s postponed match, said the decision was taken due to “some problems” in organizing the event.

Haberturk TV and other Turkish media said players from both Istanbul soccer teams wanted to wear T-shirts bearing the image of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the revered founder of the modern Turkish republic, at a warm-up before the match, but were not allowed to do so. therefore by the Saudi organizers.

Turkish media also reported that Saudi authorities did not allow the display of banners emblazoned with political slogans and Atatürk T-shirts before the match, including those bearing Atatürk’s slogan “peace at home, peace in the world “.

The clubs refused to play the final at the King Saud University venue, also known as Al-Awwal Park stadium.

Organizers said the cancellation was a result of the teams’ failure to comply with match regulations.

“We were looking forward to the match taking place on schedule, in line with international football rules and regulations which require the sport to be presented without any slogans outside its scope, especially as this has been discussed with the Turkish (Football) Federation as part of the preparatory meetings for the match,” the statement said.

“Despite this consensus, it is regrettable that the two teams did not respect what had been agreed, which led to the match not being held,” he adds.

Organizers also said it had been agreed that the Turkish national anthem would be played in the stadium and the national flag would be displayed in the stands.

There has been no announcement yet on the location and date of the finale.

A joint statement from the TFF and the clubs published on »

He also expressed his “gratitude to the host country’s football federation and relevant institutions for their efforts in organizing” the event.

Many fans wanted the annual match to be played in Turkey, which this year commemorates its 100th anniversary as a republic.

The cancellation of Friday’s final, which some football fans on

Ankaragucu club president Faruk Koca was arrested this month for punching a referee in the face at the end of his team’s Super Lig home match against Rizespor, which also led to the suspension of the Turkish championship.

On Saturday, photographs and video footage showed hundreds of Galatasaray and Fenerbahce supporters cheering, waving Turkish flags and holding up photos of Atatürk at Istanbul and Sabiha Gokcen airports.

There has been a recent warming of relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Saudi Arabia in July as part of efforts to repair ties severed after the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018.

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