An­talyas­por drop Eto’o in so­cial me­dia racism row

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

TURK­ISH top flight club An­talyas­por said yes­ter­day that star striker Samuel Eto’o would be left out of the squad un­til fur­ther no­tice in a bit­ter row over com­ments on so­cial me­dia.

For­mer Cameroon in­ter­na­tional Eto’o, who in a glit­ter­ing ca­reer has played for Barcelona, In­ter Mi­lan and Chelsea, had writ­ten on his In­sta­gram ac­count he was not be­ing given re­spect for his achieve­ments be­cause of his race.

Eto’o had moved to An­talyas­por in June 2015 as the key­stone of the club’s bid in the south­ern Mediter­ranean re­sort city to find na­tional and even Euro­pean suc­cess.

But his stint has turned sour in the past weeks amid in­tense ru­mours in the close sea­son Eto’o would join Is­tan­bul arch ri­vals Be­sik­tas.

Ten­sions have been com­pounded by a dread­ful start to the new sea­son which has seen An­talyas­por reap just one point from four matches.

Eto’o had writ­ten on his In­sta­gram ac­count in Turk­ish, “Re­minder – per­haps some peo­ple do not feel re­spect for me be­cause I am black.”

“But I am not go­ing to come down from the level I have reached. I have been in this game for 18 years,” he added, post­ing a screen­shot from Wikipedia of all the cups he has won.

Eto’o did not spec­ify to whom he was tar­get­ing his crit­i­cism but later posted an­other mes­sage in­sist­ing it was not di­rected at An­talyas­por chair Ali Safak Oz­turk.

But An­talyas­por said in a terse state­ment on its web­site that a meet­ing of its board had de­cided to leave Eto’o out of the squad un­til fur­ther no­tice.

Turk­ish com­men­ta­tors in­ter­preted Eto’o’s re­marks as a re­sponse to ap­par­ent crit­i­cism by Ali Safak Oz­turk on his early-sea­son per­for­mance.

“No player is above the in­ter­ests of An­talyas­por. Ev­ery­one must know their place,” the chair was quoted as say­ing.

Turkey is the lat­est stop in Eto’o’s dis­tance-span­ning ca­reer, which has also seen him play for Rus­sian side Anzhi Makhachkala in the Cau­ca­sus re­gion of Dages­tan. –

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