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Palestinian flag in the middle of the pitch

February 4, 2009

A Turkish player has planted a Palestinian flag in the middle of the pitch at a match in protest against Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

The Israeli military campaign, which ended in a January 18 truce, triggered protests in Turkey where there is widespread support for the Palestinians.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was given a hero’s welcome on his return home after accusing Israel of “knowing very well how to kill” during a sharp exchange with Israeli President Shimon Peres at the World Economic Forum.

Sivasspor midfielder Ibrahim Dagasan placed the flag on the centre spot at a stadium in the central Turkish city of Sivas after his side beat Galatasaray in the quarter final of the Turkey Cup.

After he did so, some spectators chanted: “Damn Israel”. Dagasan then raised a finger to his mouth, gesturing for them to be silent.


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  1. May 4, 2009 4:00 pm

    Hey man, do you have a video that show this scene. Because in youtube its already deleted. I hope you have the back up…

    Salam from Indonesia,

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