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Soccer Team Shares Plunge After Fans Unfurl Rocky Balboa Banner During Match

  • Fans unfurled banner of fictional boxer at Galatasaray match
  • Prime minister launched probe, sending team’s shares plunging
A banner of Rocky is raised during the match between Galatasaray SK and Fenerbahce AS on Oct. 22, 2017.

A banner of Rocky is raised during the match between Galatasaray SK and Fenerbahce AS on Oct. 22, 2017.

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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered a probe on Monday into a giant banner depicting fictional boxer Rocky Balboa at a soccer match at Galatasaray stadium, sending the team’s shares plunging on the Borsa Istanbul.

The banner unfurled at Sunday’s match featured an image of the character portrayed by actor Sylvester Stallone and was framed by the words “Rise Up” and a slogan reading: “They Look Big Because You’re on Your Knees.” Pro-government Twitter accounts alleged that the display was inspired by the words of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey’s government for a coup attempt last year.