June 23, 2024

After Rizespor scored a 97th minute equaliser, Ankaragucu’s president took exception to the damage time and shockingly thumped the referee after the sport.

Police have issued a detention order for Ankaragucu’s president after the stunning incident [Getty]

Turkish facet Ankaragucu’s president Faruk Koca punched referee Halil Umut Meler within the face on the finish of their Tremendous Lig residence match after Rizespor scored a 97th minute equaliser on Monday.

Koca entered the sphere and hit the referee when the ultimate whistle blew within the 1-1 draw at Eryaman Stadium, footage from state broadcaster TRT confirmed.

Ankaragucu followers invaded the pitch after the sport and Meler was additionally kicked when he fell, although it was unclear who his assailants had been. Meler finally made it to the dressing room with the assistance of the police.

Turkey’s soccer federation (TFF) has determined to carry a unprecedented assembly following the difficulty, TRT mentioned.

“Turkish soccer has been punched shamefully tonight. Everybody concerned on this incident pays the value,” TFF Chairman Mehmet Buyukeksi mentioned, in accordance with TRT.

A detention order has been issued for Koca, Inside Minister Ali Yerlikaya mentioned in a put up on X, including that two folks have already been detained as a part of a judicial investigation into the incident.

A FIFA referee since 2017, 37-year-old Meler took cost of Lazio’s Champions League group recreation with Celtic on Nov. 28.

Referees in Turkey are sometimes criticised by membership managers and presidents for his or her choices however are hardly ever the goal of violent assaults.

Ankaragucu are eleventh within the standings on 18 factors, three locations under Rizespor on 22 factors after 15 matches. 

(Reuters)


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