Turkey's Goalkeeper Not Available on Match Against Germany

Monday, June 23 2008 @ 01:17 am UTC

Turkey had appealed the suspension, which also kept Demirel from playing in the quarterfinal win over Croatia. Demirel was likely to be replaced for Wednesday's match by Rustu Recber, who would play his 118th international match. Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel will miss his team's semifinal match against Germany at the European Championship after UEFA upheld his two-match ban Monday. Demirel was banned for two games after he was sent off against the Czech Republic in Turkey's final Group A game in Geneva last Sunday. He had 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 breach of FIFA rules.

UEFA also upheld a 44,000 Swiss francs (27,000; US$42,000) fine for the Turkish football federation for improper conduct of its fans, players and officials following the match in Geneva.

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