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Ex-Newcastle Midfielder Facing Jail On Racism Charge

9 years ago

With racism in football making regular headlines, an ex-Newcastle United midfielder could be paying the ultimate price for his behaviour.

Turkish international Emre Belozoglu, who Newcastle signed from Inter Milan, could face a two year prison sentence after Istanbul prosecutors asked for a jail term for an alleged racist verbal attack on another player.

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The prosecutors are looking at a sentence of between 6 months and 2 years after the then Fenerbahce player was accused of insulting ex-Spurs player, Didier Zokora back in April.

Emre was suspended for two matches but could become the first player punished under a new law aimed at ridding Turkish sport of racism.

Emre now plays for Atletico Madrid who like Newcastle are still in the Europa League and after the incident said;

“In the heat of the moment sometimes you say bad things. I say a stupid word (reported to be the ‘N’ word)…I want to apologise”.

Of course back in the day when he was at Newcastle, Emre was accused by then Everton player Joleon Lescott and Tim Howard in 2007 of racist behaviour but nothing became of it through lack of evidence.

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