Arda Turan was, prior to Euro 2016, an untouchable figure in the eyes of many Turkish fans.
The 29-year-old had played over 90 times for his country, scoring 17 goals, and was widely regarded as the best Turkish player of his generation, having won major honours with Galatasaray, Atletico Madrid and his current employers Barcelona.
However, his reputation took a dramatic nose-dive - certainly among Turks - following two successive underwhelming performances in the Euro 2016 group stages.
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During Spain’s 3-0 defeat to Turkey last week, Arda was booed by the Turkish fans inside the Allianz Riviera in Nice.
The 29-year-old reacted at one point by standing on the ball and holding his hand up to the disgruntled supporters but tried to make it look like he was unfazed when consoled by his Barcelona and former Atletico teammates after the final whistle.
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Arda: They made my mother cry
However, Arda admits the booing hurt him. Moreover, he has revealed that the reaction from the Turkish fans made his mother cry - and for that he had promised to hold his critics to account.
"I tried to not cry," Arda told Lig TV, per Goal. "But they made my mother cry. But don't worry, I'll hold them to account."
Terim criticised Turkey fans
Turkey boss Fatih Terim criticised the fans who booed Arda after the match against Spain.
"Of course it was not good to see Arda booed by our fans," Terim was quoted as saying by the Mirror in his post-match press conference. "No coach wants to see that situation. I think the expectations were very high but whatever happens, this shouldn’t occur.
"Nobody deserves this.
"The way they criticised Arda hurt our team.
"As they booed him it made an impact, but I cannot find another reason for that."
Turkey produced response v Czech Republic
Terim named Arda in his starting line-up for Turkey’s third and final group-stage match against the Czech Republic on Tuesday night and it proved to be the right decision.
Turkey secured a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan, and now stand a chance of securing a place in the Euro 2016 knockout stages.
"Obviously our defeats against Croatia and Spain were not surprising," Arda added after the win over the Czechs. "I accept that we weren't good enough those matches.
"Today we fought on the pitch for our country and our honour. I think today we deserved the enthusiasm."
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