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Thursday, 28 July 2011

Fenerbahçe punished for fan violence



Fenerbahçe have been punished by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) after hundreds of football fans stormed the pitch during a friendly with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk forcing the match to be called off by the referee.


The Professional Soccer Disciplinary Committee (PFDK) has announced that as a result of the pitch invasion, Fenerbahçe will have to play two home matches without the attendance of fans in the stadium – costing Fenerbahçe millions in lost revenue.


The Fenerbahçe fans that stormed the pitch were wearing masks and t-shirts with the picture of jailed club President Aziz Yildirim in light of the recent match fixing allegations in Turkey.
The match had to be called off in the 67th minute amid fear of violence at Fenerbahçe's Şükrü Saracoğlu stadium.


The PFDK have chosen to come down hard on Fenerbahçe and hope that the fans will realise that if they carry on these kinds of stunts, they will be the ones who get punished by not being able to attend games in Turkey.


Sport in Turkey is currently facing an indifferent period. Basketball in Turkey is flourishing with big names like Kobe Bryant linked with moves to Turkey, while Turkish football is currently facing allegations of corruption leading to the start of the season to be delayed by a month and Besiktas recently returned the Turkish Cup until they are cleared of match fixing.

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