A Turkish Tremendous Lig referee has been punched within the head by a membership president earlier than being kicked within the face whereas laying inclined on the bottom.
Ankaragucu’s 1-1 draw with Rizespor led to chaotic vogue with the guests having rescued a degree with a dramatic 97th minute equaliser.
Ankaragucu president Faruk Koca stormed the sphere on the finish of the sport, with referee Halil Umut Meler stood subsequent to the opposite match officers, and proceeded to punch the referee within the head. As he fell to the bottom clutching his face, Meler was then kicked within the face by one other particular person.
“I condemn the assault on referee Halil Umut Meler after the MKE Ankaragucu-Caykur Rizespor match performed this night, and I want him a speedy restoration,” Turkey’s president Recep Erdogan stated in an announcement referring to the incident.
“Sports activities means peace and brotherhood. Sport is incompatible with violence. We’ll by no means permit violence to happen in Turkish sports activities.”
It is unclear what particularly drew the ire of Koca, who has been issued with a detention order and was himself hospitalised after being attacked for beginning the brawl.
Ankaragucu launched an announcement of their very own over the incident, writing: “We’re saddened by the incident that passed off this night.
“We apologise to the Turkish soccer public and the complete sports activities neighborhood for the unhappy incident that occurred after the Caykur Rizespor match at Eryaman Stadium.”
Riyespor additionally condemned the assault on Meler, saying in response to the occasions: “We strongly condemn the undesirable occasions that occurred after the Ankaragucu match we performed at present.
“We convey our needs to the complete referee neighborhood, particularly the referee of the match, Halil Umut Meler, to get nicely quickly.”
The sport’s equalising objective was scored within the dying embers by Adolfo Gaich, cancelling out Olimpiu Morutan’s strike within the 14th minute, with either side diminished to 10 males after Ali Sowe and Emirhan Topcu have been dismissed within the second half.