Coach's head split open when fans get violent at soccer match
Things got out of control during a soccer match in Instanbul on Thursday.
In the 58th minute of the match between rivals Besiktas and Fenernahce in Turkey’s Süper Lig, fan violence forced the playoff match to be canceled.
It’s not clear what prompted the violence, but it spilled out on to the field as fans appeared to be yelling at Besiktas players and coaches.
One fan apparently hurled an object that hit Besiktas coach Senol Gunes in the head.
It split the coach’s head open and he required stitches.
I wish you all the best coach! Too bad these things happen in football! @Besiktas pic.twitter.com/nglWQ8N5xz
— Marcelo Guedes (@MarceloGuedes02) April 20, 2018
Besiktas assistant coach Erdinc Gultekin was also injured, according to the U.K.’s Daily Mirror.
He received a cut under his eye in the melee.
FLAŞ! Beşiktaş saha içi ekibinden Erdinç Gültekin'in son hali. pic.twitter.com/UnWlPi0A9e
— FutbolArena (@futbolarena) April 19, 2018
Things got so out of control that riot police had to be called in.
Erman Toroğlu: "Maç hükmen Beşiktaş'ın… Onun haricinde Fenerbahçe'ye, olaylara karışanlara ağır ceza gelir. Polis, seyyar kamerayla çekim yapıyor. Bu işten sarı-lacivertliler büyük zarar görür." pic.twitter.com/J9I6aHJHY7
— Haber365 Spor (@haber365spor) April 20, 2018
Eventually, officials were forced to cancel the game due to the fan unrest.
Turkish top flight football derby abandoned after projectile hits Besiktas coach in the head and he is sent to hospital with stitches. @AFP_Sport image slideshow of the drama pic.twitter.com/95TfwKz2Yl
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 20, 2018
The two teams were playing for the Turkish Cup.
The game will have to be replayed, most likely in an empty stadium to avoid any further problems, reported the Daily Mirror.
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