There’s news today in BBC Sport that Newcastle’s former Turkish International midfielder Emre, has received a two and a half year suspended sentence in Turkey for using racial slurs against an opposition player two years ago, and he’s the first Turkish player ever to be found guilty of racism.
A young Emre – while at Newcastle from 2005 to 2008
Emre’s full name is Emre Belozoglu and the racist slur was against Ivorian midfielder Didier Zokora during a match between Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor back in 2012.
Didier is currently with Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote in Brazil with the Ivory Coast World Cup squad of 23, and he played the whole game in the Ivory Coast 2-1 win over Japan in their first game in Group C.
The court decided that the Fenerbahce midfielder’s act was an insult crime of “religious, racist, ethnic, sexist or sectarian discrimination”.
The Times is also reporting that Emre was accused of racism as many as three times during his time in the Premier League with Newcastle, but the English FA were found no proof of racism during their investigations.
Emre was also called to give testimony in Turkey’s ongoing match fixing scandal.
A more recent photo of 33 year-old Emre
He played 82 times for Newcastle with 6 goals in his three seasons on Tyneside, and he became captain of the Turkey National side and has 91 caps and 9 goals for hos country.
Here’s a video of the offense.
This is a sad story indeed, and FIFA need to wipe out any racism in football – there’s just no place for it in today’s world.