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UEFA called to act as Edin Džeko's gesture ignites controversy in Conference League clash

12. April 2024
Džeko (foto: Getty Images)
In a recent quarterfinal match of the Conference League between Olympiacos and Fenerbahçe, Edin Džeko, the prolific striker from Bosnia, became the center of a heated controversy.

His actions during the game have ignited tensions not just on the pitch but between the nations of Turkey and Greece.   

Fenerbahçe, despite being down 3-0 at one point, managed a near-comeback against the Greek side, ending the match with a narrow 3-2 defeat. This sets the stage for a thrilling return leg in Istanbul. However, the real story unfolded when Džeko, after scoring, gestured towards the Turkish flag on his jersey, an act that was met with loud jeers and whistles from the home fans in Piraeus.   

This provocative gesture has outraged the Greek fans and football authorities, who are now calling for UEFA to take disciplinary action against Džeko. They argue that his actions were not only unsportsmanlike but also exacerbated nationalistic tensions between the two historically rival nations.   

On the other side, Turkish fans have rallied behind Džeko, praising his patriotism and expressing immense support on social media. Some have even suggested that Turkey should grant him citizenship as a token of appreciation for his dedication and spirit on the field.   

Džeko, who joined Fenerbahçe at the start of the current season and has quickly become the team’s top scorer, finds himself at the heart of a diplomatic stir that transcends sports. His club is still in contention for the Turkish national championship, battling closely with arch-rivals Galatasaray.   

 🇹🇷 Olympiakos tribünlerine karşı Edin Dzeko! pic.twitter.com/cgEMMBX7v5

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