‘He showed a repeated disregard for the club’s values’: Turkish midfielder Cenk Sahin is released by German outfit St Pauli after social media post declaring support for his country’s military incursion in northern Syria
- Cenk Sahin has been sacked with immediate affect after his Instagram post
- In the now-deleted post, he showed support for Turkey’s operation in Syria
- St Pauli fans were outraged and demanded that he be released by the club
- Sahin’s contract remains in place but may train with and play for other clubs
Turkish midfielder Cenk Sahin has been released by German team St Pauli following his Instagram post supporting his country’s military incursion in northern Syria.
Turkey sent troops into Kurdish-held regions of Syria and Sahin’s support for the operation caused uproar among some of second division club’s supporters.
Cenk Sahin published the Instragram post on Friday, but has since deleted it after fans’ anger
‘Cenk Sahin has been released from his training and playing duties with immediate effect,’ St Pauli said in a statement.
‘The prime factors in reaching the decisions were his repeated disregard for the club’s values and the need to protect the player.’
The Turkish star featured for St Pauli for two years, playing 61 games for the Bundesliga 2 side
Sahin published the now deleted post on Friday. Many St Pauli fans called for the player to be sacked while the club conducted an investigation into the episode.
The second tier side say Sahin’s contract remains in place but he has been granted permission to train and play for other clubs.
The 25-year-old joined St Pauli from Istanbul Basaksehir in 2016. He had made 61 appearances for the Bundesliga 2 club, scoring six times.
St Pauli paid £1.7million for Sahin’s services after he started his career at Istanbul Basaksehir
Read More:Turkey’s Cenk Sahin is released by German outfit St Pauli after post support for