Cenk Tosun denies 'Grey Wolves' gesture after Everton's FA Cup win

Cenk Tosun has denied using a gesture which is linked with the far-right Turkish group known as ‘Grey Wolves’ during Everton’s FA Cup win over Rotherham on Saturday.

The 29-year-old opened the scoring in the first half at Goodison Park and thought he had scored a second in the closing stages of the third-round tie.

The goal was ruled out for offside following the use of VAR but Tosun’s celebration had sparked concerns on social media.

The striker used his left hand to make a gesture which is used by members of the Grey Wolves – a Turkish ultranationalist, neo-fascist group which has been banned in France.

The gesture has already been banned in Austria, while politicians in Germany have also called for the organisation to be banned in their country.

But according to the Liverpool Echo, Everton officials spoke with Tosun after Everton’s win over Rotherham and the striker ‘made it clear he had not made the gesture, or even being aware of the group’.

Tosun is understood to have told Everton officials that he was only pointing to the sky.

The striker posted on Instagram after the game: ‘Happy to be on the score sheet again. We move to the next round.’

Carlo Ancelotti’s wide went on to edge a 2-1 victory as Abdoulaye Doucoure scored the winner in extra time.

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