Turkey accuses Iceland of poor treatment of national football team players at airport

Emre Belözoğlu, Turkish national team player at the Icelandic airport.

Turkish officials have condemned the treatment its national soccer team endured upon arrival in Iceland ahead of a European Championship qualifying game, The Associated Press reported.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency said the Turkey players were kept at passport control for more than two hours at Keflavik Airport on Sunday while their bags were repeatedly searched. The report said a man held a toilet cleaning brush like a microphone while team captain Emre Belözoğlu spoke to Turkish journalists.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu wrote on Twitter that the team’s treatment in Iceland was “unacceptable from the point of diplomatic and humane practices.”

Turkey moved to the top of its Euro 2020 qualifying group by beating World Cup champion France 2-0 at home on Saturday.

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  1. Why should football players expect some sort of special treatment? Iceland has rules and just because Turks think they are special and above the law, does not mean that they should be treated differently from others. The fact that Turks are talking about ‘humane’ treatment is beyond bizarre . . . .

  2. This is just one more Turkish paranoid eletair mood making, this was just the normal procedure for everyone entering from a non european country, and the more fluids and electro you bring the more time it needs. Now it took 1 houre and 40 minutes from time to land to time to the hotel, thanks to the dictatorial Turkish government you are non Europeans. The guy with the brush is a joker, and it is a good one because the interviewed answered naturaly. Of course you need some snce for humorto understand and appreciate, I can image a Erdogaans Turk laks those merits.