Fenerbahçe ordered to play six matches behind closed doors

Fener fans went berserk after their team’s Super Final home match against Galatasaray. (PHOTO AA)

May 18, 2012, Friday/ 17:07:00

The Turkish Football Federation’s (TFF) Professional Football Discipline Committee (PFDK) announced penalties imposed on four teams that played in the Super Final championship playoffs on Thursday.

Fenerbahçe was ordered to play behind closed doors for six matches due to its boisterous fans, who invaded the pitch after the Galatasaray-Fenerbahçe title decider last Saturday. Following the game, which ended in a 0-0 draw and made Galatasaray the champion of the season, Fenerbahçe players refused to talk to reporters or appear at a post-game press conference. For that action, the club was sentenced to pay a TL 20,000 fine. An additional TL 8,750 fine was imposed on the club due to unsportsmanlike behavior as a team. Galatasaray Chairman Ünal Aysal and club manager Necati Demirkol, on the other hand, received a 21-day deprivation of rights and a TL 15,000 fine due to their unsportsmanlike statements to the press. The Galatasaray football team was also referred to the PFDK due to unsportsmanlike conduct as a team but the committee did not penalize the İstanbul club. However, the club was fined TL 10,000 for not attending a post-game press conference. Following last Saturday’s title decider, Fenerbahçe’s Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium and its surroundings was the scene of violent action by hooligans. Dozens torched cars outside the stadium while dozens more jumped onto the pitch after the referee ended the game. Forty-eight individuals were detained in relation to incidents inside and outside the stadium while one of them was arrested on Wednesday.

Two other teams of the Super Final championship playoffs, Trabzonspor and Beşiktaş, were also punished. Trabzonspor coach Şenol Güneş was banned from three games due to unsportsmanlike behavior towards the Beşiktaş-Trabzonspor game referee while the team’s striker Burak Yılmaz was suspended for three games due to a red card offense in the same game, which was played last week. Beşiktaş manager Tuncay Yanık received a 15-day deprivation of rights and a TL 15,000 fine due to his unsportsmanlike conduct towards the referee of the Beşiktaş-Trabzonspor game.

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