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UEFA suspension of Demiral shows double standards: Lawyer

A sports lawyer criticized UEFA's two-match ban on Turkish footballer Merih Demiral for his celebratory gesture, calling it a display of double standards. Anıl Dinçer, head of Samsunspor's legal department, argued the punishment was excessive and unjust, citing disparities in treatment compared to similar incidents involving other players.

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The two-match ban handed by UEFA to Turkish national team football player Merih Demiral over his celebratory gesture after the Euro 2024 last 16 game with Austria indicates double standards of the football body, a sports lawyer said Friday. Urged by German officials, the European football's governing body launched an investigation and later handed the two-match ban.