The full and translated official announcement released by Fenerbahce Ulker basketball club reads as follows.


Fenerbahçe Ülker, has travelled to Slovenia by Turkish Airlines’ scheduled flight for the game versus Union Olimpija tomorrow.

During the checking process at the airport, our Central African Republic citizen player Romain Sato’s passport has been seized, justified by passport law and its practices of the country.

Diplomatic and legal transactions are started by our club against this illegal action.

That attitude, in conflict with law and diplomacy, against our player who has a Schengen visa, having entered several European countries and USA with the same passport, is not understood by our side and followed by our legal personnel and officials.

These illegal actions, in order for our player not to play tomorrow, will be responded heavily at the legal platform.

Country officials brought the situation to a point which our player arrested for a night by their outlaw actions, considering any type of legal and diplomatic sanction.

It should not be forgotten that this outlaw action, is not a problem between the clubs, it’s an international SCANDAL.

Every detail regarding the issue, is going to be shared with the public.

Source: Fenerbahce Ulker