Thousands of Galatasaray fans welcome victors home

May 13, 2012, Sunday/ 13:28:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Thousands of Galatasaray fans and footballers celebrated the Lions' victory as champions of the 2011-2012 season early on Sunday at the Florya Metin Oktay facilities.

After winning the Spor Toto Super League title, Galatasaray coaches, staff and footballers left Fenerbahçe Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium singing and chanting in celebration. About two hours later they arrived at the Florya Metin Oktay facilities, where thousands of their fans enthusiastically greeted them.

“Here are the fans, here are the champions. Why not fix matches, why not fix matches, why not fix matches, [Fenerbahçe Chairman] Aziz Yıldırım,” shouted the fans in reference to an extensive match-fixing probe into Turkey's football clubs.

Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim, whom Lions fans called “Emperor Fatih Terim,” cheered and waved the newly won trophy from the balcony.

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