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UEFA Euro 2016: Turkey coach Fatih Terim slams fans for booing Arda Turan

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

Turkey coach Fatih Terim lashed out at Turkish fans for booing Arda Turan during his side's 3-0 loss against Spain at Euro 2016.

Turkish player Arda Tura's dismal performance during the first match loss to Croatia as well as during the second match has been criticised by fans .

The midfielder was booed every time he received the ball. At the end of the match, he was consoled by Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta, goal.com reported.

Terim was quoted as saying, "It was not good to see Arda being booed. No coach wants to see something like that. He is one of our most important players. The expectations were very high, but this should never happen. Nobody deserves this."

He further added, "I'm criticising myself for the performance of the players who are not performing well. I called them up. Of course, some of them have not been on top of their game. But I should be the one who is criticised. I included them in the team."

According to a report in goal.com, Turkey did not have an upper hand in the game, but the coach was not impressed with his side's lack lustre outing.

"The first 30 minutes were fine, but we didn't play well from there on. Spain are very strong, one of the strongest sides in the tournament. But we conceded two goals after individual mistakes, one of which was unbelievable. You have to take your chances against Spain. You cannot deny Spain if you don't do that. And you cannot afford to concede like that.

"I never gave up in my life. But today my team threw in the towel. I have never accepted this and will never accept it. Rest assured I will do whatever is necessary to get back on track. I am deeply upset," said Terim.

First published: 18 June 2016, 3:16 IST