Sports & politics hit fever pitch in Turkey
by NYDaily News, 16 January 2009
Bnei Hasharon, an Israeli basketball team that was scheduled to play a Jan. 6 Eurocup game in Ankara, fled just before tip-off after 3,000 fist-pumping Turkish fans stormed the court to protest Israel’s military actions in Gaza. Bnei Hasharon was supposed to play a Turkish team called Turk Telekom but the players were trapped in their locker room for more than two hours. Fans threw shoes at the players - as President Bush recently learned, the ultimate sign of disrespect in the Muslim world - and shouted “Israeli killers” and “Allah Akbar” (God is great) during the outburst.
“I’ve been through a lot in my career, but never anything like this,” Bnei Hasharon captain Meir Tapiro said.
Here’s a report on the incident from a Turkish television outlet.
You don’t need to speak Turkish to understand that this turned ugly.
Original article at NYDailyNews.com
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