German minister condemns Turkish player's gesture as display of "racism"

    The Hawk
    July3/ 2024
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    Faeser stated that symbols of Turkish right-wing extremists, like the "wolf salute," have no place in stadiums.

    Merih Demiral making a 'wolf salute'

    Berlin: German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser on Wednesday condemned a hand gesture made by Turkish football player Merih Demiral at Tuesday's European Championship game between Turkey and Austria.

    "The symbols of Turkish right-wing extremists have no place in our stadiums," Faeser said in a post on X.

    "Using the European Football Championship as a platform for racism is completely unacceptable. We expect UEFA to investigate the case and consider sanctions," she added.


    The so-called "wolf salute", with the little finger and index finger raised, is linked to the Turkish right-wing extremist group "Grey Wolves", which Faeser added is under surveillance by Germany's domestic intelligence service.