Vienna, June 22:
Despite Turkeyâ€™s injury and suspension crisis ahead of Wednesdayâ€™s semi-final match against Germany at the European Championship, UEFA has no plans to alter its rules and allow the team to call up more players.
The Turks were without six players when they beat Croatia 3-1 in a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals on Friday, and lost a further three â€” Tuncay Sanli, Arda Turan and Emre Asik â€” to suspension due to accumulated cards during the match at Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna.
Striker Nihat Kahveci hurt his thigh and was ruled out for the rest of tournament, adding to coach Fatih Terimâ€™s worries as Turkey look to reach their first final at a major football tournament. Emre Gungor (calf) has already been ruled out of Euro 2008, while Servet Cetin (hip and knee), Tumer Metin (groin) and Emre Belozoglu (hamstring) face a race to be fit in time.
Defensive midfielder Mehmet Aurelio returns from a one-match ban, but goalkeeper Volkan Demirel still has one game left on his suspension.
â€œYou canâ€™t replace any players after the first game (of the tournament) has been played,â€ UEFA spokesman William Gaillard said on Sunday. â€œWe know some teams are facing difficulties, but this is a hard rule of the tournament. We have no intention of changing the tournament rules,â€ Gaillard added.