الخميس , يونيو 11 2020

Emre given sentence for racist slur

Turkey international Emre Belozoglu has been given a two months and 15 days suspended prison sentence for a racist slur he used against Ivorian midfielder Didier Zokora during a match in 2012.

The court said the Fenerbahce midfielder’s act constituted an insult crime of “religious, racist, ethnic, sexist or sectarian discrimination”.

The incident occurred in April 2012 in Fenerbahce’s match with Trabzonspor.

Zokora is currently in Brazil for the World Cup with Ivory Coast.

The sentence was suspended by the court as the 33-year-old had not had any previous incidents of a racist nature, the judge said, and on belief that he would not repeat his behaviour.

Emre was accused of racism three times during a three-year spell at Newcastle but the English Football Association’s investigations failed to prove the accusations.

He becomes the first Turkish footballer to be handed a prison sentence for racism.

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