The head coach of a youth football team has insisted beating players is normal practice in football after footage of him slapping boys went viral.
Coach Halit Kurt, of Turkish youth team Kayseri Meysuspor has claimed his tough love encourages them to win matches, amid furious backlash.
The clip shows Kurt walking into the dressing room before slapping each player around their face.
As he strikes them, the sound of the slap echoes as the player's faces move to the side.
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“I will kill you! What a disgrace!” the hot-tempered coach is heard shouting at the players in the footage.
The incident reportedly took place during the 2016-2017 season, when Kayseri Meysuspor took part in a local football event and were trailing 1-3 at the end of the first half.
However, Kurt has insisted beating players is normal practice in football, explaining such an approach gives them extra motivation to win matches.
After the video was widely shared on social media, Kurt commented on his extraordinary behaviour, claiming his “method” of bringing up champions had been widely used not only in Turkey but all over the world.
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“Not only do I use this method” the coach said: “It was widely used by the previous generation."
The coach underlined the team’s internal affairs should not be in the public domain, even comparing them with the sacred privacy of a married couple.
“I love my players," Kurt added.
"We have a parent-child relationship.
"As for the video that was shared I should say that the events in a locker room should not become the property of the public, as with a married couple’s actions in a bedroom."
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The clip which was uploaded to Instagram yesterday has generated thousands of views.
Many have called for the man to be removed from the sport.
It remains unknown what, if any, sanctions will be imposed on the coach after Kayseri Amateur Sports Clubs Federation opened a disciplinary proceeding against him.
It's believed Kurt continues to coach children in Kayseri Meysuspor.
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