In recent reports, Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel will miss his team's quarterfinal against Croatia at the European Championship on Friday after his appeal against a two-match suspension was put back to Monday. Demirel will be replaced by Rustu Recber, who will play his 117th international game, Turkey coach Fatih Terim said Thursday. UEFA said Thursday that the "Turkish appeal will take place on June 23 during the afternoon" without further elaborating. Demirel was banned for two games after he was ejected against the Czech Republic in Turkey's final Group A game in Geneva last Sunday. He knocked down striker Jan Koller in the final minute of the match, which Turkey won 3-2, and then sat on the team's bench in defiance of FIFA rules. "I didn't approve Volkan's action. It wasn't necessary and it wasn't right," Terim said. "But the judgment (by UEFA) was too harsh. I hope Volkan will be treated like Bastian Schweinsteiger, who made a similar foul in my opinion."
Germany midfielder Schweinsteiger was suspended for one match after being sent off in injury time for pushing Croatia's Jerko Leko to the ground in his team's 2-1 loss in a
Group B match last week. The Turkish soccer federation was also fined $42,000 for improper conduct of its fans, players and officials following the match. Also out for the Croatia game was midfielder Mehmet Aurelio, who got a second yellow card in the Czech match, while Turkey could miss six more players due to injuries.
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