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Turkey cancel Dubai trip

Published: Tuesday 31 December 2002, 13.51CET
Turkey have pulled out of a friendly tournament in Dubai over their dissatisfaction with the facilities.
 
Published: Tuesday 31 December 2002, 13.51CET

Turkey cancel Dubai trip

Turkey have pulled out of a friendly tournament in Dubai over their dissatisfaction with the facilities.

Turkey have pulled out of an international tournament in Dubai next month. The Turkish Football Assocation (TFF) announced the withdrawal following an inspection of the facilities for the three-team friendly event.

'Principles' come first
Turkey had been due to play matches against Ghana and Belarus between 3 and 8 January, but according to a TFF statement, the tournament "did not match the principles of our national team".

Not up to standard
The national team's general manager, Can Çobanoglu, said: "We don't take part in tournaments which don't match our standards, nor do we take part only for money. The team's principles have a higher priority than economics."

February date
No alternative plans have been made for a winter camp, meaning 12 February is the next time Turkey are scheduled to be in action - even if the TFF has yet to name an opponent for the planned friendly that day.

Warm-up denied
Coach Senol Günes had announced a new-look squad for the Dubai competition, in preparation for the UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier in England on 2 April. Third in the FIFA World Cup last summer, Turkey lead Group 7, five points ahead of England who have a game in hand.

 
Last updated: 31/12/02 15.27CET

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