Turkey Disappointed With Iceland For ‘Disrespect’ To Footballers & Toilet Brush Incident

Oguzhan Ozyakup
Turkey's Oguzhan Ozyakup (L) vies for the ball with Iceland's Gylfy Sigthorrson (C) and Aron Gunnarsson (R) during the Euro 2016 Group A qualifying football match between Turkey and Iceland at the Konya Stadium in Konya on October 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey has expressed disappointment at the way its national footballers and journalists were treated at Iceland’s Reykjavik airport.

Foreign Minister Mesut Cavusoglu called the team’s treatment “unacceptable in terms of diplomatic and humanitarian practice.” 

Turkish international striker Burak Yilmaz revealed that the team were held up for over three hours in security and a lengthy customs search.

Yilmaz said: “What they did is disrespectful and rude! We have been waiting here for three hours. They took everyone’s bags and searched them again and again. We flew for 6.5 hours and we’ve waited for three hours.”

And then there was the toilet brush incident which sparked outrage on social media.

Among the journalists waiting for the Turkish international players in the airport was an individual who held a brush to the face of Emre Belozoglu.

The reason behind the incident remains unknown but it was interpreted as an insult by many Turkish fans.

As journalists surrounded some players on arrival a dish-scouring brush could be seen among the microphones.

Players also endured a lengthy customs search, Turkish media reported.

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Turkey arrived in Iceland on Sunday ahead of their Match Day 4 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier.

The Crescent-Stars will have the chance to extend their points tally to 12 points after four games in Group H.

Turkey top the group after beating world champions France 2-0 on Saturday.