Abandoned Turkish Cup semi-final derby between Besiktas and Fenerbahce to resume behind closed doors for 32 minutes

The Turkish Cup semi-final second leg between Besiktas and Fenerbahce will resume behind closed doors next week after violence forced the Istanbul rivals to abandon their ill-tempered encounter on 20 April

AFP April 26, 2018 11:06:53 IST
Abandoned Turkish Cup semi-final derby between Besiktas and Fenerbahce to resume behind closed doors for 32 minutes

Istanbul: The Turkish Cup semi-final second leg between Besiktas and Fenerbahce will resume behind closed doors next week after violence forced the Istanbul rivals to abandon their ill-tempered encounter on 20 April.

Abandoned Turkish Cup semifinal derby between Besiktas and Fenerbahce to resume behind closed doors for 32 minutes

Besiktas coach Senol Gunes was hit by a projectile during the first leg. Reuters

Fenerbahce were at home when last Friday's match was stopped in the 57th minute after Besiktas coach Senol Gunes was struck by an object thrown from the stands.

He required five stitches and was hospitalised after the incident.

The Turkish Football Federation on Wednesday ordered the match to resume "from the time it stopped" but without any spectators as a precaution.

The arch rivals were locked at 0-0 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate.

The federation's disciplinary committee also ordered Fenerbahce to play three home matches behind closed doors and pay a one million Turkish lira ($244,000) fine.

Besiktas substitute goalkeeper Tolga Zengin was suspended for a match for "behaviour towards a security official contrary of sportsmanship".

The same penalty was given to Portuguese defender Pepe, who was sent off for a reckless tackle.

The attack on Gunes sparked a wave of anger in Turkey with criticism also coming from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as it reignited the debate about football violence.

Accusations from Fenerbahce's chairman Aziz Yildirim that Gunes was "acting" and pretending to be injured provoked an avalanche of angry comments on social media.

The legendary rivalry between the "big three of Istanbul" has been felt keenly this season, with only a small gap at the top of the league.

Galatasaray, despite being top, are only one point ahead of Besiktas and Basaksehir, who are two points ahead of Fenerbahce.

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