Turkish fans inside the Allianz Riviera in Nice took their frustration out on Arda Turan during Friday night’s 3-0 defeat to Spain.
The Barcelona playmaker, who also flattered to deceive during Turkey’s Euro 2016 opener against Croatia last weekend, was booed by his own supporters in the second half.
Unimpressed with the reaction from the travelling Turkish fans, the 29-year-old responded by standing on the ball and sarcastically putting his hand up to the fans - which only further antagonised his national teams’ supporters. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Turkey fans then continued to boo Arda, whose popularity amongst his compatriots appears to have taken a spectacular nosedive over the past week.
The Turks always faced an uphill battle qualifying from a group which also contained Croatia, Czech Republic as well as the European Champions Spain.
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Video: Arda reacts to being booed v Spain
However, their fans would have expected better than zero points from their opening two matches and, subsequently, an early exit from the tournament.
Arda, as the team’s star player, has been singled out for criticism by the team’s disappointed fans.
Arda was also upset with reaction after Croatia defeat
The Barcelona player, who previously starred with Atletico Madrid, also hit out at the reaction from fans and the media following Turkey’s defeat to Croatia.
Prior to the Spain match he was quoted by the Guardian as saying: “I don’t want to name names but we have younger players and they are doing their best to represent their country and after 15 games unbeaten [they lost to England in May] they lose only one game – only one – and they have been criticised in such a nasty way.”
“At the end of the game, I criticised myself and congratulated my team-mates. It is normal [to lose]; it happens. And it is my responsibility. I am upset and disappointed because the way they attack me in my country is really nasty.
“I have nothing to prove [against Spain]. I will do my best. If I haven’t already proven myself it is hard for me to do so now. I have worn the shirt over 90 times. I have played badly a few times but you can count them on the fingers of one hand.
“We lost only one game. We have learned our lessons and we will fight more than in the previous game. Tomorrow, we will try to play a good game and we have a great chance.
“We can still go far. If you produce a bad performance it is an underachievement but if you play well and still don’t qualify, it can still be an achievement.”
Unfortunately, the Turkish supporters will view Euro 2016 as anything but an achievement.
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