Turkish team urges fans to behave against Maccabi

Turkish club Besiktas has called on its fans not to cause

trouble when the team takes on Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv in a

Europa League match Thursday.

Tensions between the two countries have heightened with Israel’s

refusal to apologize for the deaths of nine activists in a raid on

a Gaza-bound aid ship last year. Israel has expressed regret but

refuses to apologize, saying its troops acted in self-defense,

prompting Turkey to downgrade its relations with Tel Aviv.

Besiktas board member Orhan Saka told the state-run Anatolia

news agency Tuesday that fans should behave within the rules of

”fair play.” He warned that Besiktas could face punishment for

unruly behavior.

Saka’s comments came after a meeting among club officials,

police and Istanbul’s governor’s office to discuss security for the

game.