Istanbul Basaksehir boss Emre Belozoglu banned from Europa Conference League opener against Hearts

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It is understood that the suspension ahead of the Europa League opener has been handed down because the former Newcastle player dies without having a professional coaching licence.

The governing body’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee found the 41-year-old guilty of ‘ghost coaching’ in Basaksehir’s second qualifying round draw against Maccabi Netanya in July.

It is not yet clear whether Belozoglu will be allowed in the dressing room or the technical area for Thursday’s Group A opener against Hearts.

Emre Belozoglu has been found guilty of ‘ghost coaching’ by UEFA and banned from performing managerial duties against Hearts. Photo: Frank Fife/Getty

Belozoglu, who was sporting director and interim manager at Fenerbahce before becoming Basaksehir boss in October 2021, is expected to work for qualification.

He said: “It was not easy for me. I wanted to be a coach until I was three or four years old before quitting football and I worked for that. With the success of young coaches, the subject of the Pro License has become very controversial.

“This process also made us tired. We are flesh and blood, but we have done our job well in remaining silent against those who create perception as if we have no merit and no degree. We started this work with 25 of my precious colleagues with the course opened by the federation. The important thing for me is to do this job without tarnishing the reputation of this job. Serve the country’s football.

Basaksehir was fined 10,000 euros for the breach, but Belozoglu is allowed to perform in the Turkish league, which has no such restrictions in place.

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