Cumali Atilla, a former provincial governor who was appointed as the new mayor of Turkey’s largest Kurdish city Diyarbakır, has reportedly asked local football team Amedspor to change its pro-Kurdish name.
Otherwise, the municipality will cut the state budget to the third-division club, according to Turkish media.
Amed is the ancient name given to Diyarbakir in the Kurdish language.
Turkey has stepped up its crackdown on Kurdish politicians in recent months. Trustees have been appointed to dozens of municipalities in the country’s predominantly Kurdish Southeast, while hundreds of local Kurdish politicians have been arrested on terror charges. While 12 pro-Kurdish HDP deputies are being kept in jail, the administration of the Sur municipality was also seized on Sept. 11, 2016.
Diyarbakır-based Amedspor has been subjected to racist attacks on many occasions in the past.