Friday, 23 September 2016
Samuel Eto'o: Cameroonian dropped by Antalyaspor over racism comments
Eto'o from their squad until further notice in a
row over the striker's comments on social
Former Cameroon captain Eto'o, 35, wrote on his
Instagram account : "Perhaps some people do not
feel respect for me because I am black."
Eto'o later made a second post denying the
criticism was aimed at Antalyaspor chairman Ali
Ozturk had criticised Eto'o for his performances
earlier in the season.
He said at the time: "No player is above the
interests of Antalyaspor. Everyone must know
Eto'o called Ozturk his "brother" in his second
Instagram post, adding that the Turkish people
had supported him "wholeheartedly".
"My message was to a person who criticises me
unjustly for years and while he continues his
criticisms, I kept winning trophies," the former
Barcelona, Chelsea and Everton player wrote.
The Turkish club issued a statement stating
Eto'o would have a separate training programme
until his case was heard by their executive
Three-time Champions League winner Eto'o
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 that
he would join Istanbul arch rivals Besiktas.
Tensions have been compounded by a poor start
to the new season for Antalyaspor, who have
taken only one point from four matches.