Emre Belözoğlu (b. 7 September 1980, Istanbul) is a Turkish football midfielder who plays for Fenerbahce SK.
Emre officially became a Galatasaray SK player, firstly. His first appearance for the club's senior squad was as a sixteen-year-old in the 1996–97 season. The following year, he became a regular in the squad. In July 2005, Emre moved to Newcastle United F.C. for a £3.8million. In July 2008, Emre was unveiled at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in a signing ceremony and moved Fenerbahce SK. Emre moved to Atlético Madrid on 29 May 2012, the Champion of the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League. He signed a 2-year contract worth €2.7 million per season. On 7 July Emre trained with his new teammates before being unveiled by Atlético in a signing ceremony held in the Vicente Calderon stadium. Emre made his Atlético debut at the 2012 UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea, coming on as a late substitute. Emre returned to Fenerbahçe on 31 January 2013 on a 2 and a half-year contract worth €2 million per season. His first match for Fenerbahce SK was against Sivasspor.
Banned six matches
After a post-match brawl in a World Cup qualification playoff match with Switzerland, Emre was banned for Turkey's next six matches and fined CHF 15,000 plus costs of CHF 1,000 for his alleged part in the brawl. The FIFA Appeal Committee later reduced the ban to four matches.
Racial abuse incident in England
On 12 January 2007, Emre was charged by The Football Association with using racially-aggravated abusive and/or insulting words in an incident during a 3–0 loss to Everton on 30 December. Newcastle United were unable to comment until Emre himself replied to the charge. He later stated he was angered by claims that he was racist, citing his friendship with roommate Obafemi Martins as evidence he was not. On 16 February 2007, the FA announced another investigation into alleged racist remarks from Emre, this time aimed against Bolton Wanderers striker El Hadji Diouf. The incident allegedly took place during Bolton's 2–1 win at St James' Park on 15 October 2006. Emre's agent denied the accusation. Diouf subsequently decided not to press charges. However, on 1 March 2007, Emre faced a third racism allegation, when Watford defender Alhassan Bangura claimed he was subject of racist abuse from Emre. On 19 March 2007, the allegations of Emre using racially-aggravated abusive and/or insulting words during the Everton match were found not proven by the FA. His transfer from Inter Milan to Newcastle United in July 2005 is one of those about which the Stevens inquiry report in June 2007 expressed concerns.
Racial abuse incident with Didier Zokora
On 15 April 2012, Emre was accused of making racist comments on the pitch towards Trabzonspor's Didier Zokora. Then after the match, Zokora told Lig TV: Template:Quotation
On 16 April 2012, Emre and his teammate Joseph Yobo gave a speech on the incident. Emre told the reporters at first "The match was intense and we were both cursing a lot, however I could have called him that word; "nigger". But at his second speech, one day after the match, Emre said, "I did not call him "nigger", I used a similar word "prick". As soon as match ended, we apologized to each other and hugged". Yobo added "I saw with my own eyes them hugging after the match". Emre finished his speech by saying "I am telling the truth, and I want Zokora to do the same, I want him to give a speech of this incident".
Following the incident, Emre has insisted that he is not a racist and has confirmed he himself has been the victim of racial abuse during football matches. Emre received a two-game ban for his actions, after it was concluded that he had used abusive, but not racist, language by the authorities. On 6 May 2012, he played against Zokora in a heated encounter involving some heavy tackles and altercation.
Lip-reading professionals say Emre has said the words "fucking nigger". There are still questions about the low ban he received.