May 27, 2024


A Turkish football club, Istanbulspor has abandoned a top-flight match in protest at a refereeing decision in their match against Trabzonspor.

President Ecmel Faik Sarıalioglu went down to the pitch to enforce his order to abandon the match, as players eventually left the pitch in the 73rd minute.

Paul Onuachu’s header in the 68th minute gave Trabzonspor a 2-1 lead.

But Istanbulspor thought they had a legitimate claim to a penalty prior to Onuachu’s goal for Trabzonspor.

Not even persuasions by his own players could stop Sarialioglu from changing his mind about the walk off.

Ivory Coast defender Simon Deli was one of the players who tried to persuade him to change his mind.

“It is a sad day for football… We will wait for the football federation’s decision from now on,” Trabzonspor coach Abdullah Avci said.

Trabzonspor posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the match “was stopped in the 73rd minute due to the players of the opposing team withdrawing from the field”.Istanbulspor are bottom of the Super Lig.

The incident happened on the day Turkish football resumed after authorities suspended all leagues following the assault of a referee.

Ankaragucu president Faruk Koca was arrested after he ran on to the pitch and struck referee Halil Umut Meler following a 1-1 draw with Caykur Rizespor.

Koca has been given a permanent ban by the TFF.

As fixtures resumed on Tuesday, children wearing T-shirts that said “respect” presented flowers to the referees before Basaksehir’s match with Sivasspor.



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