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.

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It split the coach’s head open and he required stitches.

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.

Things got so out of control that riot police had to be called in.

Eventually, officials were forced to cancel the game due to the fan unrest.

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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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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
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