One of the biggest shocks in the Turkish Football league occuRred on Sunday in the derby match between Besiktas and Galatasaray at Besiktas's Olympic Stadium.
Tensions had threatened to boil over as there was ongoing tension between the riot police and the Besiktas fans throughout. Galatasaray fans were absent from the match on Sunday due to league regulations for derby matches, so the only fans at fault were the Besiktas fans.
After 92 minutes, Galatasaray, who were leading 2-1 courtesy of two Didier Drogba goals, had Felipe Melo sent off for a challenge that looked worse than it actually was. Besiktas fans then saw the sending off as a perfect opportunity to enter the field of play and cause havoc in their own stadium - as if being 2-1 down in a derby wasn't bad enough.
Due to their antics, Turkish referee Firat Aydinus had no option but to abandon the match and lead all players and staff into the tunnel and dressing rooms away from the action on the pitch. Once all players were off the pitch, thousands of Besiktas fans fled onto the pitch armed with plastic chairs and any objects that they could find which they could use to as ammunition to throw at the riot police and their own fans. The police being outnumbered by the fans were seen running to take cover.
So today it seems clear that in regard of the referee's report, the Turkish Football Federation has a big decision to make as to which sort of punishments they will dish out to the Besiktas fans involved and the club as a whole. It is clear that Galatasaray fans being absent from the match had no hand to play in the disgusting riots that went on, and for the team that were leading 2-1 the 3 points should be safely handed to Galatasaray, with serious action taken towards Besiktas.
The decisions lie solely in the hands of referee Firat Aydinus and the report he chooses to put into the Turkish Football Federation.
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