Falcao and Galatasaray were allegedly discriminated against at an airport in Greece as they were going to play a friendly match

Galatasaray players and coaching staff waited a few hours at the airport in Athens, Greece. Photo: Twitter @GalatasaraySK.

Falcao Garciaand his team, the Galatasaraythey had a problem this Monday July 12 on their arrival at the airport of Athenscapital of Greece, where they would play a friendly match against Olympiacos. The authorities of this country did not allow the entry of the Turkish group, because they did not trust the PCR tests they presented.

The Turkish team made this known via their Twitter account: “Our ambassador in Athens, Mr. Burak Özügergin, came to the airport to support our team against the unethical practice applied by the Greek authoritiesand followed the process closely with our coach, Fatih Terim.

According to testimony from the Greek airport authorities, the Galatasaray presented the trials against COVID-19 with less than 72 hours if applied, however, local regulations indicate that they must be less than 24 hours. For this reason, the members of the Turkish team were asked to practice them again, an option which was refused.

The Secretary of State for Civil Protection, Nikos Chardalias, assured that Galatasaray “refused to submit to a rapid test in accordance with the provisions of current Greek law”.

Greek authorities did not accept PCR tests from Galatasaray.  Photo: Twitter @GalatasaraySK.
Greek authorities did not accept PCR tests from Galatasaray. Photo: Twitter @GalatasaraySK.

For its part, Falcao’s team claimed through a press release that they had been mistreated at the airport in the Greek capital: “In Athens, where we went to play a friendly match in a friendly atmosphere, the Turkish team was discriminated”.

Furthermore, the institution added that the attitude of the authorities was “inappropriate or even arrogant” in not accepting the COVID-19 tests they presented: “We were treated extremely inappropriately and even arrogantly, the difficulties encountered have continued to increase. We do not accept this attitude, practice and behavior of Greek customs and security forces.”

After two hours of waiting, and without finding a solution, the club made the decision to return to Istanbulcapital of Turkey, and cancel their scheduled engagement: “Friendly matches are between friends. This behavior is not friendly at all. Therefore, we decided to come back,” the Galatasaray coach said.

Photo: Twitter @GalatasaraySK.
Photo: Twitter @GalatasaraySK.


The ‘Tiger’ of Santa Marta was present in the last friendly match that his team played, this time against kasimpasa last Saturday July 10. Beyond the rumors that place the Colombian striker outside the institution, the coach continues to tell him, and he brought it on in the second half coming from the substitutes’ bench with the game 3-1 in favor.

In the end, it would be a 4-2 victory for the “Lions” at the Esenyurt Necmi Kadıoğlu Stadium, and Falcao would even have a chance to scoreafter a powerful 90+1 minute header that went near the post.

Next week, Galatasaray will officially kick off their season with a commitment against PSV Eindhoven for the first key of the second qualifying round for the UEFA Champions League. This because, let’s remember, the Turkish team finished second in the local Super League with 84 pointsas well as the Besiktaswhich ended up being consecrated by goal difference.

Falcao scored a goal against Besiktas in a Turkish Super League match 20/21 - May 8.  Photo: REUTERS/Kemal Aslan.
Falcao scored a goal against Besiktas in a Turkish Super League match 20/21 – May 8. Photo: REUTERS/Kemal Aslan.

Where will Falcao go? In recent weeks he has rumor with the possible departure of the striker from samarium, who has a contract until June 30, 2022. Apparently, he informed the institution that “I have received offers, I will consider them”, according to information disclosed by the local portal, ‘Sporx’.

This possibility would not be frowned upon by the team’s directives, since it would be necessary reduce the costs of your staffand currently the ‘Tiger’ is the one who holds the highest salary: we estimate that it would be around five million euros per year.


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