Hooliganism: Galatasaray fans attack Fener U-17 players

Hooliganism: Galatasaray fans attack Fener U-17 players

Fener U-17 players run for their lives after they were attacked by Galatasaray hooligans during their Academy League match.

December 28, 2010, Tuesday/ 17:50:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Galatasaray fans attacked Fenerbahçe players at halftime during the Under-17 Academy League match between the teams at Galatasaray’s Metin Oktay Facilities in İstanbul on Sunday. The referee called off the match after the attack by hooligans.

At the break, with the score tied at 1-1, a number of Fenerbahçe footballers were attacked by Galatasaray fans as they headed to their dressing room, the Fenerbahçe official website reported.

Some Fenerbahçe footballers were injured as a result of the incident and one of them reportedly suffered a broken nose. The injured were rushed to the Bakırköy State Hospital for medical treatment.

After their treatment, the Fener team was taken to a Bakırköy police station, where the footballers filed a criminal complaint against the attackers. Fenerbahçe Deputy Chairman Şekip Mosturoğlu and club board member Hüseyin Topbaş also went to the police station. Mosturoğlu said the police were doing everything possible to apprehend the hooligans.

The Fenerbahçe squad later headed to the club’s Dereağzı facilities by taxi.

Speaking on FBTV, the club’s official television channel, Fenerbahçe U-17 coach Engin Kabaş said the stadium lacked security precautions at the time of the incident. “It is a shame in the name of sports that our players were attacked before the very eyes of their family members,” he said. The footage of the attack was aired on FBTV.

In the meantime, Galatasaray issued a statement on its official website condemning the attack and expressing sympathy for its eternal rival Fenerbahçe.

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