Galatasaray back out of friendly with Olympiacos after PCR tests are rejected by Greek authorities


Turkish football club Galatasaray returned to Turkey on Monday after Greek customs officials rejected their PCR tests.

Galatasaray were supposed to play Olympiacos FC.

The Turkish club issued a statement on the incident.

“As we thoroughly brought what the Greek officials demanded beforehand (such as PCR tests done in last 72 hours, rapid antigen tests done in last 48 hours and vaccine certificates), some people among our group passed through,” the club said.

“Later on, one of the Greek officials said that they do not accept our PCR tests and we need to get re-tested in an impertinent attitude, even though there is a mutual recognition protocol on PCR tests between Turkey and Greece.

“Our squad began the procedures to return to Istanbul after all efforts failed."

Club reporter Deniz Gülen said on Galatasaray TV that Greek officials did not even provide any water to the squad.

"Greek officials refused to let the Galatasaray squad use lounge facilities, did not even give us water," he said.

"After the Turkish ambassador's intervention, they provided us water following over a two-hour wait," the reporter added.

Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu also condemned the incident.

"I had talks with club President Burak Elmas and coach Fatih Terim and let them know that they have our support," he said.

"I condemn this crude attitude that Galatasaray was subjected to."

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