Video: Match abandoned in Turkey as fans throw bricks and flares at players
Things got totally out of hand as Trabzonspor took on Fenerbahce last night, with fans erupting into violence
Football fans in Turkey are a passionate bunch, something which is certainly well known, but things really got out of hand last night as the match between Trabzonspor and Fenerbahce was abandoned due to crowd violence.
The first half lasted nearly an hour as there were several stoppages as a result of objects being thrown on to the pitch, including a door handle at one stage.
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The game was eventually called off when goalkeeper Volkan Demirel had several flares thrown at him (and had the holes burned into his jersey to prove it afterwards) and players ran the risk of serious injury as a result of bricks being thrown down at them.
Afterwards the trouble continued, as fans stormed the pitch and Fenerbahce players had to be brought out of the ground in their usual bus surrounded by over 20 armoured vehicles, according to reports, as supporters continued to clash with riot police on the streets.
WOW: Trabzonspor vs Fenerbahce abandoned at half-time as fans threw flares & bricks at players & attacked stewards! pic.twitter.com/MJpZDybjiv
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) 10 março 2014
Despite there being less than a half played, it is believed that Fenerbahce, the visiting side, will be awarded the three points, as they had a 1-0 advantage at the time of the game being abandoned.