The players of Turkish football club Galatasaray nearly caused a diplomatic incident when they refused to comply with the Covid-19 protocols at the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos.
Upon their arrival in Athens for their friendly match with Olympiakos they were instructed by staff at the airport to take Covid-19 rapid tests in order to be allowed entry into the country.
The “El. Venizelos “informed them that the PCR tests brought by their team were not accepted and they should undergo new rapid tests. This, however, was not accepted by the team resulting in an altercation started, which reached the point of Deputy Minister of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias issuing an announcement.
According to the Turkish media, the Galata mission waited more than 1.5 hours for the issue to be resolved, something that is stressed that did not happen and that they decided to return to Constantinople (Istanbul).