UEFA fines Turkey, reprimands players for military salutes – AP

European football’s governing body UEFA ordered the Turkish federation to pay a 50,000 euro ($50,800) fine and reprimanded more than 20 players for making military salutes at games in October during the country’s offensive in Syria, the Associated Press reported. 

The gestures of Turkish national team players during European Championship qualifying games against France and Albania were “inappropriate given the specific political context at the time,” the AP quoted UEFA as saying on Friday in the announcement of its disciplinary committee rulings.

UEFA said the players used the games for “manifestations of a non-sporting nature” in breach of rules prohibiting political statements in stadiums.

UEFA's disciplinary rules prohibit "the use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit a provocative message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly provocative messages that are of a political, ideological, religious or offensive nature".