Spartak Moscow website hacked by Turkish nationalist group
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Nationalist Turks hacked the website of Spartak Moscow last night to demand that team officials apologize after a group of fans from the Russian side burned Turkish flags and Atatürk posters during an Aug. 21 Champions League playoff against Fenerbahçe.
The group replaced the website's original content with a statement that called on the team to "immediately apologize."
"You will immediately apologize to the Turkish Republic and the Turkish people. No crime goes without punishment, and FIFA may forgive you, but we won't," the statement read.
A portrait of Atatürk next to a Turkish flag was also posted on the website.
Spartak Moscow fans burned flags and posters of modern Turkey's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, during their team’s 2-1 victory over the Istanbul giants in the first leg of their Champions League playoff.
An official response is yet to come from UEFA, but Russian media reports hinted at a possible end to Spartak's Champions League journey if football authorities decide to come down hard on the club.