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Third time’s the harm: Fan violence forces abandonment of Trabzonspor’s match with Fenerbahce

Mar 10, 2014, 8:44 PM EDT

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It wasn’t a pretty night to be in Turkey, as violent fans at Trabzonspor forced the abandonment of a match with rivals Fenerbahce on Monday night.

The first half totaled 55 minutes thanks to two first-half delays caused by a number of fan outbursts, including the tossing of a door handle, explosives and other objects onto the pitch. Officials are allowed to call off a match after two warnings, and a third outburst at halftime finished the match.

According to a Turkish report, there were holes burnt in the jersey of Fenerbahce goalkeeper Volkan Demirel from firecrackers.

Fenerbache had a 1-0 lead and is expected to be awarded all three points despite the abbreviated nature of the contest.

Here’s a photo from Turkish outlet spor.mynet.com/futbol that shows the door handle:

source:

spor.mynet.com/futbol

  1. chunkala - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    And Turkey wants the right to hold the Euro Finals? #dreaming

  2. nyjetblue - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    …and join the EU.

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