“The Association of Amateur and Non-Amateur Footballers in Romania (AFAN) strongly condemns the racist and xenophobic comments against Romanian coach Marius Șumudică, who recently concluded his contract with Gazișehir Gaziantep FK from Turkey” – it is shown in a communiqué published on Tuesday by AFAN.
“We respect the right to free speech, but the attitude and messages of TV commentator Erman Toroglu have far exceeded the boundaries of decent comments / opinions,” the association added.
AFAN representatives say they are surprised and disappointed by the way the Turkish journalist found it appropriate to make assessments against Marius Șumudica, especially since he is a former football player and referee.
“There is no justification for the terms and qualifications used by him in a televised debate on a reputable television station such as Aspor.” considers AFAN, which requests the Aspor television station to address, on behalf of the TV channel, public apologies to Marius Șumudica and recommends them to choose their collaborators more carefully in the future.
AFAN also demands a firm reaction from the Turkish authorities, similar to the one they had in the case of Romanian referee Sebastian Colțescu. The representatives of AFAN consider that the overlooking of what happened will make all the anti-racist and anti-discrimination pleadings spoken in the public space to be considered “empty words”, without coverage in compliance with much claimed principles.
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