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Friday, June 15, 2007

The Graham Souness flag incident

During the 1996 season Turkish club Fenerbahce were competing for the title with Trabzonspor while Galatasaray were struggling.

Galatasaray managed to reach the cup final against Fenerbahce and everyone predicted an easy win for Fenerbahce. Leading up to the game there were insults at Galatasaray and the Fenerbahce chairman even made remarks about Souness’s fitness to coach.

Galatasaray won the first leg thru a Dean Saunders penalty. The 2nd leg was played in the heated atmosphere of the Fenerbahce home ground. Fenerbahce lost the match in an extra time equalizing goal. Galatasaray has won the cup.

Souness decided to take a huge Galatasaray flag and plant it in the centre of the Fenerbahce pitch. What resulted was a furor in the ground and the press, it was an act that was deeply offensive in Turkish culture. Years on this has always been looked back on as a very provocative gesture that has sparked violence in Turkish football and especially when English clubs travel to Turkey. It was a dumb move by Souness.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny - why does this cause a problem for English clubs - I always thought Souness was Scottish?

6/18/2007 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it never causes a problem with the english teams but fenerbahçe fans never forget this flag till the end of the time. we call souness ''ulubatlı'' at turkey and we never forget him too. turgay kozbay

7/31/2007 2:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

such a dumb article, Souness is a hero and still remembered here, this was the move of the century, only fener fans hate him, but who cares. By the way not the slightest relation to anything regarding being against British (or English) clubs..

1/20/2010 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also as a Liverpool fan we got on very well when we played Galatasaray a few years ago. Their goalkeeper got a big round of applause from the Kop for a great display and we got treated very well there. Not to mention the Champions League Final in 2005. I also have a good friend from Istanbul and we talk a lot about football and a hatred of English fans etc because of this never came up! I can understand Fenerbahçe fans not being happy, but this was one guy and as said he is not even English!!

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