Turkish golf chief accused of headbutting scribe apologises

Oct 11, 2012, 08:32 IST | PA Sport

Turkish golf chief accused of headbutting scribe apologises

Turkish Golf Federation president Ahmet Agaoglu yesterday apologised for an incident with a journalist which threatened to overshadow the Turkish Airlines World Golf final and the creation of a new 7million US dollars tournament on the European Tour.

It was an unsavoury incident before Tiger Woods’ opening match with Charl Schwartzel on Tuesday which brought the apology from Agaoglu, who had been accused of headbutting a journalist amid chaotic scenes on the first tee.

Ahmet Agaoglu

Agaoglu said: “Some of the cameramen and photographers were in front of Tiger’s line and they had been warned several times by the marshals. They didn’t leave their places and naturally the security people pushed them. They started shouting to the security guys. I was there explaining this is not like other sports — while Messi is going to take a penalty you cannot go into the six-yard area to take a picture — and while saying this there was a reaction saying ‘You cannot push us back, you cannot shout at us’. I was being pushed by one of them and pushed them back as well, the poor guy (local journalist Cihat Unal) was in the wrong place in the wrong time. 

“I shouldn’t have to be there, but I am trying to make everything so perfect. It was unlucky it happened and I will given a written apology because one way or another it was not nice.”

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