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Turkey organisers summoned by FIA 31 Aug 2006

The National Sporting Authority of Turkey (TOSFED) and the organisers of the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix (MSO) have been called to appear before a specially convened meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council next month.

They will hear charges that they have acted in breach of the FIA Statutes, the International Sporting Code and the 2006 Formula One Sporting Regulations. The charges relate to last Sunday's podium ceremony, in which Mr Mehmet Ali Talat was invited to present the winner’s trophy and introduced as president of the Turkish Cypriot ‘state’, which is only recognised by Turkey.

“Political neutrality is fundamental to the FIA’s role as the governing body of international motor sport,” the FIA said in a statement preceding their investigation into the matter. “No compromise or violation of this neutrality is acceptable.”

The World Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 19.