Turkish footballer blind in one eye makes professional debut

Emre Azin
Emre Azim (left) came on in the 93rd minute against Fenerbahce

Fenerbahce winning in the Turkish Cup may not be particularly noteworthy, but what was memorable about their game on Thursday was the debut of a player who is blind in one eye.

Emre Azim, 18, came on for Tuzlaspor against Turkish giants Fenerbahce in the final few minutes.

Fenerbahce won the game 1-0, with on-loan Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic scoring late on.

While rare, it is not unknown for a footballer who is sightless in one eye to play professionally.

Northern Ireland and Rangers forward Dean Shiels had surgery to remove his right eye in 2006, having damaged it in a domestic accident when he was eight years old.

Dean Shiels
Since having his eye removed in 2006, Dean Shiels has played for Hibs, Doncaster Rovers, Kilmarnock and Rangers

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