Pro-government media say display in stands evoked words of Fethullah Gülen, who is suspected of orchestrating coup plot

Turkey has launched an investigation into the football club Galatasaray after fans at a match held up a giant image of Sylvester Stallone and a slogan that government supporters said evoked the words of an exiled cleric accused of masterminding a coup attempt last year.

During their team’s goalless draw with archrivals Fenerbahçe in an ill-tempered Istanbul derby on Sunday, fans displayed a poster of Stallone in the film Rocky with the words: “They look big because you are on your knees, stand up.”

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