Tosun denies making neo-fascist group’s gesture during Everton goal celebration

Everton striker Cenk Tosun has claimed he did not make a hand-gesture closely linked with a neo-fascist group from Turkey.

Tosun opened the scoring during the extra-time win over the Millers at Goodison Park.

He then believed he had scored a late winner, when sliding home following a James Rodriguez centre with four minutes to go.

And although the goal would ultimately be ruled out by VAR, the Toffees striker sparked controversy when some on social media linked his celebration to a far-right group.

Some users on social media spotted his reaction to scoring and claimed he made a hand gesture synonymous with the ‘Grey Wolves’.

The Turkish group are described as ‘ultra nationalistic’ and ‘neo-fascistic’ and in November of last year, France banned the branch of the group that was active in the country, after they defaced an Armenian Genocide Memorial.

However, according to the ECHO, Everton bosses spoke to the striker in the aftermath of the win and he vehemently denied it had any links to the group and claimed he was simply pointing to the sky.

Back in 2019, the German-born Turkey international made headlines with another controversial celebration that saw him do a military salute, following a goal against Albania.

Tosun then published support for the Turkish offensive into north-eastern Syria, with Ilkay Gundogan and Emre Can embroiled in the issue when they liked the post on social media.

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After signing from Besiktas back in 2018, Tosun has struggled to make a lasting impact for the Toffees and has played just 43 Premier League minutes this season.

His goal against Rotherham was his first of the season and helped the Toffees put their name in the hat in the fourth round, but only after being taken to extra time by the visitors.

Matthew Olsunde's goal was enough to take the game past the 90 minute mark, but Carlo Ancelotti's men kept their cool with Abdoulaye Doucoure netting the crucial winner.

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