2. Bundesliga club St. Pauli have released 24-year-old Cenk Şahin with immediate effect after posting on Instagram his support of Turkey’s military action in Syria.
The Hamburg side conducted an internal review of the situation and felt the need to release the former Turkey youth international after he disregarded the club’s strong values.
St. Pauli statement: “After numerous discussions with fans, members and friends whose roots lie in Turkey, it has become clear to us that we cannot and should not attempt to gauge nuances in perceptions and attitudes from other cultural backgrounds in detail. That we reject acts of war is not open to doubt or discussion, however. These acts, and the expression of solidarity with them, run counter to the values of the club.”