Tosun's eventful evening ends with a red card

Friday, 1 June, 2018 38comments  |  Jump to most recent
Cenk Tosun won and converted a penalty but was then sent off in bizarre circumstances during Turkey's friendly against Tunisia this evening.

The Everton striker had to be restrained at times by team-mates as he got involved in a heated exchange with someone in the stands near the halfway line and was eventually shown a red card by the referee, the first of his career.

According to the Turkish Football Twitter account, Tosun reacted angrily when a projectile or flare was thrown towards where his father and uncle were sitting in the stands at the Stade de Geneve in Switzerland.

The score was 1-1 at the time and the match eventually ended 2-2 thanks to Caglar Soyuncu's injury-time equaliser.

Tosun issued an apology immediately after the game after video footage of him gesticulating into the crowd, at one stage using a "throat-slitting" gesture.

"When I turned my head, I saw a quarrel with my father," he told Turkish outlet A Spor.

"I didn't know the whole story. I told them that they were wrong, threatened, unworthy of me.

"Character is more important than football. It was an unbecoming gesture. I apologise. I guarantee it won't happen again."

He later offered a fuller apology to Turkish Football, saying:

“I am usually very calm, I lost the plot, a red mist descended on me.

“First of all I would like to apologise to the Turkish people and my teammates, when you wear the national team shirt you have to act responsibly.

“I let my teammates and myself down, we could have gone onto win the game had I not reacted like that.

“But I am human, I am a professional footballer but I am also human. I am very close with my father, he played a huge role in me getting to where I did my career.

“When I saw what happened in the stands I could not hold myself back. All I can do is apologise.”

Quotes sourced from Sportskeeda

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Dennis Stevens
1 Posted 01/06/2018 at 22:26:18
The lad's definitely growing on me!
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 01/06/2018 at 22:30:12
Me too. And I saw a clip of him singing on Turkish TV's version of The Voice. Not bad, only missed a couple of notes.
Alan Johnson
3 Posted 01/06/2018 at 22:40:44
Fox In The Box - Just Saying...
Jay Wood

4 Posted 01/06/2018 at 22:46:56
A very bizarre incident.

Neil Copeland
5 Posted 01/06/2018 at 22:54:23
Does anyone know what actually upset him so much? The YouTube footage does not seem to show the detail from what I can tell.
Neil Copeland
6 Posted 01/06/2018 at 23:02:44
Sorry, perhaps I should read the full article first – please ignore my previous post.

Sending off apart, Cenk is in good goalscoring form for Turkey with 3 from 2 games. Long may it continue. He definitely has something about him and a lot to like.

Gordon White
7 Posted 01/06/2018 at 23:07:44
That's what I like to see. A bit of fighting spirit. If we'd have had a bit more of this under the previous managers, maybe we wouldn't have rolled over in so many matches as pussies.

If some knob of a fan threw something towards my Dad, there would be more than just gestures at the wanker. Good on him, I say. Bring it on. We want some fire at Everton.

Bobby Mallon
8 Posted 01/06/2018 at 23:18:02
Top man.
Barry McNally
9 Posted 01/06/2018 at 23:37:31
Think he could be a great signing, although he's a bit soft for my liking. Had he even been booked for Everton?
Darren Murphy
10 Posted 02/06/2018 at 00:14:10
Love this lad, apparently they slagged his dad off and attacked him?! Fair shout to our boy!

Penalty was a bit soft, he put it away like he does with the stutter step, the lads got talent and I can't wait to see him unleashed next year. Preferably imo with a pacy strike partner.

Darren Murphy
11 Posted 02/06/2018 at 00:19:30
Well said, Gordon... I wouldn't like to be on the end of my late father's wrath lol. Moulded me okay, I pass Marines for a living, mate.

I did laugh at someone's post somewhere else about "Who's going to tell Big Dunc to his face?" I laughed my fecking nuts off. He needs to go, I'll gladly tell him...

Phil Sammon
12 Posted 02/06/2018 at 00:49:12
Yeah, I'm well hard too, Darren.

I pass my fair share of Marines on my commute past Sea World.

Paul Brown
13 Posted 02/06/2018 at 09:43:27
This should be his signature celebration now after he scores!

I can't wait for the 12” extended version in front of the Kop.

Martin Nicholls
14 Posted 02/06/2018 at 09:45:53
Understandable that Cenk would be incensed by this but unreserved apology afterwards seems to be a measure of the man.
Matthew Williams
15 Posted 02/06/2018 at 10:27:02
Germany may be the best team on the planet atm, but the Turks are the most entertaining to watch – anything can happen when these lads play.

I wanted Tosun all along, the lad can finish, he just needs decent support up top with players moving off him.

He will be our main man next season.

Steven Astley
16 Posted 02/06/2018 at 10:32:33
Our star man gets sent off in a friendly representing his country, leaving his teammates a man short with half-an-hour remaining.

He is seen by the cameras using a throat-slitting gesture to someone in the crowd, then we have fans posting on here posting saying "Well in", "That's what I like to see..."

Am I the only one that finds that a bit embarrassing?

Stephen Brown
17 Posted 02/06/2018 at 10:40:44
The very top players have this type of devilment!

Please, no more nicey nicey Everton! I would love to be hated by other teams!

Jamie Evans
18 Posted 02/06/2018 at 11:21:32
The more I see of this fella, the more I like him.
Ian Hams
19 Posted 02/06/2018 at 11:44:05
Anyone got a link to his goal?
Tommy Carter
20 Posted 02/06/2018 at 12:38:56
I definitely think Cenk has something about him. He has quality and I think people focus too much on what he can't do rather than what he can do. A good pre-season in him and I think we will see a very good player next season.

I believe Brands and Silva must now act quickly to get a grip on personnel. The following should go and can possibly attract the following fees:

Besic (£5m)
Rooney (£5m)
Bolasie (£10m)
Schneiderlin (£10m)
Williams (free)
Sandro (£5m)
Martina (free)
Niasse (£6m)
Mirallas (£4m)
Klaassen (£12m)

These players in my opinion offer us no chance of improvement. It was between Klaassen and Vlasic and I believe Vlasic will become the better player.

Jags might as well stay, I do believe that there is a player in Funes Mori and I believe Keane can improve.

Ian Hams
21 Posted 02/06/2018 at 12:53:46
Agree most those need to go but a few need like for like replacements.

For example, you could let Niasse or Sandro go but not both before signing another striker. Also, I'd be happy to give Klaassen more time.

Jay Wood

22 Posted 02/06/2018 at 13:33:20
A very humble and contrite Tosun post-match.


The type of honesty I can respect.

Here's a link to the game highlights. Tosun wins and converts the penalty around the 2 minute mark.


TBH, I'm not convinced it is a nailed on penalty. Having said that, Tosun is very alert to the defender miscontrolling the ball and running from behind him to challenge for the ball.

Not a fan of the 'stuttering walk-up' penalty, but he tucks it away, so it resulted.

I like the fellah!

Steve Ferns
23 Posted 02/06/2018 at 13:47:24
Who was surrounding his father? Turks or Tunisians? Why didn't others rush to help him?

It still sounds very bizarre to me Jay. If this was Turks by his father, why were they angry at him, isn't Tosun their hero? And if it is Turks, surely that's a massive question mark over his ability to play international football ever again?

Jim Knightley
24 Posted 02/06/2018 at 14:08:07
They should be angry after he posed smiling with Erdoğan. He is openly supporting an oppressive dictatorship. I'd be happy if he left tomorrow, and never played for us again.
Jay Wood

25 Posted 02/06/2018 at 14:19:13
Strewth, Steve!

That's one helluva speculative leap in one paragraph!

The match was played in 'neutral' Switzerland, seemingly attended by migrant workers from both countries. As such, there was probably no strict crowd segregation in a sparsely filled stadium.

I believe both teams first choice strip is red - that's why Turkey played in white. It is therefore difficult to discern with any degree of certainty who in the crowd close to his father were Turkey or Tunisia fans.

One report mentions a flare or rocket being set off or landing near his father which provoked the original disturbance in the crowd that caught Tosun's eye.

The player held his hands up and admitted he over-reacted. Nothing dark or sinister about it, in spite of Jim Knightley's attempt to do just that.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
26 Posted 02/06/2018 at 15:39:18
Jim (#24),

Can you please let us which countries are suitable to play for us. I assume most African players because they are often run by corrupt dictators who have come to power by military means. Nobody from Russia, most of the middle east. Is it only right wing oppressive dictators in South America or the left wing oppressive ones as well? And does saying nothing mean they accept their dictator or do they have to publically come out in opposition before you would let them pull on a blue shirt?

Can you also call weekly on here for us to terminate the USM sponsorship of Finch Farm. Usmanov is a great mate of Putin.

Darren Murphy
27 Posted 02/06/2018 at 16:30:32
@ 12: No, Phil, you're just a sad old man chatting shite, probably still living at home. Behave lmfao.
David Connor
28 Posted 02/06/2018 at 16:33:30
The lad shows passion. Sadly, something lacking in an Everton team for a long time. Let's hope Silva gets players with fire in their bellies instead of some of the half-hearted, gutless players we have in the squad at the moment.
Will Mabon
29 Posted 02/06/2018 at 19:44:10
A laughable decision to award a penalty. Tosun ran at him and flung himself over. Might be just the kind of cheating we need...
Jim Knightley
30 Posted 02/06/2018 at 22:27:52
Phil (#26) - Are you pretending to miss the point or just incapable of grasping it?

It's not because Tosun is from Turkey (I mean seriously...) but because of the disgusting sycophantic photo session he, Ozil and Gundogan engaged in. In case you somehow missed it:

There was a lot of criticism for this, but strangely not very much coming from Everton, in part because Ozil and Gundogan were centralised because of their higher profiles in media reports.

So congratulations if you think it's fine for our players to openly support brutal dictatorships, but it's not on my list. And I know one of the 100,000 people forced from their job without reason – a situation which the likes of Ozil are uniquely positioned to oppose, or at least to do nothing. Not engage with a PR with him.

It would be exactly the same if Galloway would have decided to hop on a plane and engage in a PR stunt with Mugabe prior to his ousting. But maybe that would have been criticised more because he isn't an important player.

And Usmanov is also a figure we shouldn't be associated with.

There is more to the world than football – maybe open your eyes a bit.

Jay Wood

31 Posted 02/06/2018 at 22:50:47
Jim @ 30.

"There is more to the world than football – maybe open your eyes a bit."

Indeed there is, Jim.

On the same trip to London, the Turkish president met with the head of state, Queen Elizabeth, and her prime minister Teresa May.

On the back of Cenk Tosun meeting Erdogan, you never want to see him play in an Everton shirt again. What's your suggested 'punishment' for Lizzie and Teresa doing exactly the same?

PS – browsing the net on stories about Cenk Tosun, I came upon this site and clicked on this absolute beaut of a story: how all Muslim footballers should be banned from the Premier League 'cos (the then) Liverpool player tested positive for taking 'fat burners'.


It's an absolute belter of an article in bizarre rationale and linkage.

I recommend it to you, Jim. Right up your street.

Steve Ferns
32 Posted 02/06/2018 at 22:59:28
Just questions, Jay.

Jim, there's a difference between two German-born German-Turks and a German-born Turk. Tosun is the only one with a Turkish primary nationality. His family live in Turkey, unless they went back to Germany when he signed for us or indeed came to England with him. Therefore, it'd be a much bigger issue if he didn't go.

How do you know Tosun wasn't invited by the government? That he, being the big star of the Turkish football team, was not invited by the British government as part of an ambassadorial role with the two German-Turks, and that the Turkish President wasn't given friendly advice by the three footballers?

I don't think anyone can condemn Tosun for this.

John Otway
33 Posted 02/06/2018 at 23:02:21
Jim Knightley. I've never agreed with everything you've posted here but I respect your right to do so. Presumably, in line with your beliefs, you won't be on here once Tosun has been retained within the new regime??
John Keating
34 Posted 02/06/2018 at 23:28:48
Jim, what about a guy who's ripped the Club off for millions, told a few porkies en route, and got some very dubious characters involved with us, one who ripped off one or two pensioners?

Then there's a few players with the odd drunk driving, GBH issues.

Surely you can't stop at one foreign leader, even our lot are as corrupt as they come.

Let's just not leave the house, eh??

Eric Myles
35 Posted 03/06/2018 at 07:10:27
What's your suggested 'punishment' for Lizzie and Teresa doing exactly the same?"

Well I for one would support them never being allowed to take the field in an Everton shirt.,"What's your suggested 'punishment' for Lizzie and Teresa doing exactly the same?"

Well I for one would support them never being allowed to take the field in an Everton shirt.,,,1,07:09:56,,,ok,697,06/03/2018 07:09:56,selyme,reader,, 923528,36751,toffeeweb,03/06/2018,Robert Leigh,,"Rumours swirling (inc in the red top we hate, saw it on Sky – I don't buy that muck) that Bayern are looking at Pickford.

We need to make sure we get a decent number 2 in, either to cover Jordan when he's injured, or as a replacement if/when he goes. England's No 1 won't play at a club outside the top4 for long.

Sam Johnstone gets my vote. Man Utd have several keepers and he may fancy a crack at getting in our side for the cups and pushing Jordan like the Burnley lads have.

Jay Wood

36 Posted 03/06/2018 at 13:26:58
Good one, Eric!
Jim Knightley
37 Posted 11/06/2018 at 14:25:14
Well unsurprisingly I'm not of the seller of the arms/ PM Coward May either – if you were for any reason under that misconception.

And Jay, it says something about your intellect that you would conflate an absurd racist homogenisation with a singular example of support for a brutal regime.

Tosun can say no – he can choose not to endorse a brutal leader. People say no all the time - Portman recently refused a reward in protest over the actions of the current Israeli administration.

It's good to see Gundogan being roundly booed by German fans in the recent friendly – evidently they've got more scruples than some of those on here.

One of the many reasons I like Everton is that we've had a group of players, many of whom are very active in charity work etc. I can choose who and who not to support. If I was a Chelsea fan, I wouldn't have much fancied Terry either. The weird homogenisation on here is peculiar.

Also John @ 34. Do you even know what Erdogan has done? I'm no fan of May but comparing the two is ridiculous.

Jay Wood

38 Posted 11/06/2018 at 15:02:53
Been on yer jollies, Jim @ 37?

Just wondering at your delayed response and why you revisited this thread now.

This is an absolute beaut from you: "And Jay - it says something about your intellect that you would conflate an absurd racist homogenisation with a singular example of support for a brutal regime."

Read my post @ 31 again. I do no such thing. I'm surprised that someone of your self-implied elevated intellect and superior moral virtue wasn't capable of discerning that.

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