Istanbul - Turkish top flight club Antalyaspor said on
Wednesday that their star striker Samuel Eto'o would be left out of the squad
until further notice in a bitter row over comments on social media.
Former Cameroon international Eto'o, who in a glittering
career has turned out for Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea, had written on
his Instagram account he was not being given respect for his achievements as he
Eto'o had moved to Antalyaspor in June 2015 as the keystone
of the club's bid in the southern Mediterranean resort city to find national
and even European success.
But his stint has turned sour in the past weeks amid intense
rumours in the close season Eto'o would join Istanbul arch rivals Besiktas.
Tensions have been compounded by a dreadful start to the new
season which has seen Antalyaspor reap just one point from four matches.
Eto'o had written on his Instagram account in Turkish:
"Reminder - perhaps some people do not feel respect for me because I am
"But I am not going to come down from the level I have
reached. I have been in this game for 18 years," he added, posting a
screenshot from Wikipedia of all the cups he has won.
Eto'o did not specify to whom he was targeting his criticism
but later posted another message insisting it was not directed at Antalyaspor
chairman Ali Safak Ozturk.
But Antalyaspor said in a terse statement on its website
that a meeting of its board had decided to leave Eto'o out of the squad until
Turkish commentators had interpreted the remarks of Eto'o as
a response to apparent criticism by Ali Safak Ozturk of his performance in the
"No player is above the interests of Antalyaspor. Everyone
must know their place," the chairman was quoted as saying.
Turkey is the latest stop in Eto'o's eclectic career which
has taken him to high-profile and lesser known football hotspots around the
He played between 2011-2013 for Russian side Anzhi
Makhachkala in the Caucasus region of Dagestan before the owner pulled the plug
on its ambitions.