Investigation Opened After 'Rocky' Banner Unfurled at Galatasaray Match

StoryfulNewsPublished: October 24, 2017
Published: October 24, 2017

The Turkish government has opened an investigation after fans of football club Galatasaray unfurled a banner depicting Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa at a match on October 22. Reuters reported that pro-government Turkish media linked the Rocky image and accompanying banners saying “Stand up” and “They look big because you are kneeling” as a comment on the failed 2016 coup attempt, which Ankara blames on the exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen. The stunt appeared to play on the fact Gulen, a former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, lives in Pennsylvania: Stallone’s character is famously a Philadelphia native. Turkish newspaper Takvim linked the “Stand Up” banner with references to the poem Stand up Sakarya, read by Gulen during a sermon earlier this month. Sakarya is a province in northwest Turkey. Galatasaray fans unfurled the banner to the sound of Eye of the Tiger during the Istanbul derby against rivals Fenerbahce on Sunday. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. Credit: Twitter/ Sitiv Mekkuin via Storyful

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