Laywer files complaint against Inter’s “insult to Muslims”

A Turkish lawyer has filed a complaint to Uefa after Inter wore a shirt with an offensive symbol, at least to Islamic culture, in their recent match against Fenerbahce.

A Turkish lawyer who’s an expert on European law, Baris Kaska, is asking Uefa to cancel the three points Inter earned in their win against Fenerbahce in the recent Champions League match.

The Nerazzurri had beaten the Turkish champions 3-0 at home to qualify for the next round of the Champions League.

The reason for the appeal is unusual: the celebratory shirt for Inter’s centenary worn by the team that night, and on several other occasions this season, offended many people in Turkey.

The shirt’s scheme saw a big red cross on a white background, a symbol of the city of Milan, and reminded many of an emblem of the order of the Templars, which is considered offensive in Islamic culture.

Inter consciously did not wear their ‘centenary shirt’ in their first match against Fenerbahce in Istanbul, but at home, they did not think it was necessary to do the same.

However, the very sensitive Turkish media reacted bitterly and that led to the official appeal filed by Kaska, who announced this decision during an interview to Barcelona daily La Vanguardia.


I don’t know how genuine this story is. But Googling the name of the lawyer, I found this:

Inter Milan FC played against Fenerbahce İstanbul FC in the Champions League, Group G match on Tuesday night on 27.11.2007. Inter Milan FC footballers appeared on football ground with white colour on front layer, red cross (crusade cross)(crux) [sic] on top of the soccer jersey. 11 player’s of Inter Milan FC looks the same appearance as the crusaders during 1095-1291.

As a Turkish citizen and a supporter of Fenerbahce İstanbul FC, I had terribble shock with this scene and deep ache on my soul.

So his complaint has nothing to do with his side getting destroyed 3-0 by the Italian champions?


6 Responses to “Laywer files complaint against Inter’s “insult to Muslims””

  1. 1 andalus December 12, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    Subhan Allah.

    What garbage. It’s their team symbol, the can wear it all they want. And now all this does is give fuel to the Islam haters to portray us as intolerant.


  2. 2 thabet December 12, 2007 at 8:07 pm


    I hope you don’t mind: I have cropped the link to that blog. I am not interested in linking to blogs that suggest or support harm to people. Readers are free to copy and paste the link for themselves.

    As for this issue, yes sadly in today’s rolling media and internet a silly “news” story like this becomes politicised.

  3. 3 andalus December 13, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    Walaaykum assalaam,

    No i don’t mind at all 🙂

  4. 4 parallelsidewalk December 14, 2007 at 6:12 am

    Hey, I support Celtic FC, one of the most Muslim-friendly teams in Europe, so no chance of my delicate Islamic sensibilities getting offended 🙂 Come on, the Bhoys!

  5. 5 Farhanahz December 18, 2007 at 5:27 am


    As Muslims we need to stop this non-sense of getting offended for everything and by anybody. We need to stop this “victim” charade. In regards to the crusades, who cares what shirt was the team wearing, we WON the crusades anyway!!!


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