APOEL fans accused of new racist action against Turks

embargoedLondon based human rights group Embargoed! has maintained its pressure on UEFA President Michel Platini to act on racism allegations at the recent UEFA Champions League match involving Apoel Nicosia and Chelsea. A letter has been sent to Mr Platini outlining details of new allegations of racism at the game after Chelsea fans sent Embargoed! copies of a leaflet containing offensive messages about Turks, which was distributed at the game on 30 September.

The latest incident comes after a Chelsea fan returning back to England from the match in South Cyprus contacted Embargoed! to inform them about the inflammatory nature of the leaflet. Produced by Apoel’s official supporters club, the leaflet blames “Turks” entirely for the Cyprus conflict and describe the Turkish intervention as “barbaric”, with no mention of the suffering of Turkish Cypriots. The Chelsea fan told the group that a copy of the leaflet had been left on every seat reserved for Chelsea fans.

Fevzi Hussein, chairperson of Embargoed! said, “The leaflet is shocking. Its crude wording aims to present Turks as barbarians, which is offensive and totally unacceptable.” He continues, “When you couple this [leaflet] with the perimeter fence slogans stating ‘CYPRUS IS GREEK’, I have no doubt these were co-ordinated actions that involved Apoel officials. It is outrageous that incitement to racial hatred on such a major scale can happen in front of the noses of UEFA and nothing was done about it.”

Embargoed!, as part of a collective of over 60 Turkish Cypriot NGOs, had already written to the UEFA President Michel Platini about the huge xenophobic “Cyprus is Greek” slogans that had been hung around the length of the pitch and was shown on live TV around the world. Embargoed! understands Apoel have now been charged with racism for these slogans – their third offence from the Chelsea game and their second related to racism. The leaflet has been forwarded to UEFA as new evidence of racist conduct with Embargoed! urging UEFA to add a fourth charge against the Greek Cypriot club of racially insulting behaviour.

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