Galatasaray accuses Greece of discrimination for not accepting its PCR tests

The Istanbul club returned to Turkey last night, after deciding to cancel the match that was scheduled for Tuesday night.

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The Turkish government and the Istanbul Galatasaray football club have accused the Greek authorities of "discrimination" for refusing to accept the PCR tests carried out in Turkey on the team members, which consequently decided to cancel the planned friendly match and return home .

"In Athens, where we went to play a friendly match in a friendly atmosphere, the Turkish team was discriminated against," Galatasaray said in a statement.

The Istanbul club returned to Turkey last night, after deciding to cancel the match that was scheduled for Tuesday night.

In his note, he accused the Hellenic authorities of treating the Istanbul team in an "inappropriate and even arrogant" way at the Athens airport, failing to recognize the covid tests carried out in Turkey and demanding that the players undergo a new one. test on Greek soil.

"Friendly matches are with friends. That behavior is not friendly at all. So we decided to go back," Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim told Turkish media.

The treatment of the Greek authorities to Galatasaray has also been criticized by the Turkish Government, which has labeled it as "evil" .

"You cannot accept the evil and unsportsmanlike treatment that Galatasaray faced in Greece," said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu in a tweet.

For its part, Athens defended that the requirement to subject those who arrive from abroad to tests on Hellenic soil applies to "all travelers" who enter the country.

"All travelers arriving in Greece, regardless of their nationality, may be subject to PCR or antigen tests for the detection of covid-19, based on a sanitary algorithm," explained the Undersecretary of State for Civil Protection of Greece , Nikos Jardaliás, in the Greek capital.

Bilateral relations between Greece and Turkey, with a long history of tensions, have deteriorated further in recent years due to issues such as migration and Ankara's decision to explore oil and gas deposits in areas of the Mediterranean Sea that both countries consider their jurisdiction.



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