Turkey forward Colin Kazim-Richards believes Germany were bad sports, accusing the three-time champions of scoring their winning goal in Thursday’s Euro-2008 semi-final when he went down injured, Thursday’s Times newspaper quoted him as saying.
“I personally think they will be a little bit upset with the goal that won the game for them,” Kazim said.
“This whole tournament has been based around fair play and I think you saw that we did it (put the ball out) a couple of times, we’ve done it throughout the tournament,” said Kazim-Richards, a revelation at the event after winning his place on the basis of fine showings for Fenerbahce.
Rustu announces retirement
Basel: Turkey goalkeeper Rustu Recber has announced his international retirement following Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat by Germany in the Euro 2008 semifinals.
The match in Basel, which the Turks were unlucky to lose, was his 118th final cap.
“I am ending my international career, where I served with pride, glory and honour for 14 years,” the 35-year-old told UEFA’s official tournament website (www.euro2008.com) on Thursday.
“I would like to thank everybody who has helped me. I am proud of each of my teammates. Everybody in Turkey should get behind them because this team can achieve a lot.”