When football clubs in England are relegated, a few fans will shed tears, some might decide to boo if they’re feeling particularly angry, while others will choose to applaud their team’s players for their efforts.
When teams in Turkey are relegated, the fans set fire to the stadium.
We jest, of course. This doesn’t happen all the time. But it did happen after Eskisehirspor suffered relegation from the Turkish Super Lig following the club’s last-ever match at Eskisehir Ataturk Stadium at the weekend. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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Medipol Basaksehir defeated the hosts 2-1 - per ESPN - and fans of the home side responded by trashing the stadium.
That Eskisehirspor conceded a last-minute goal probably didn’t help, but the behaviour of the fans is obviously inexcusable.
Video: Fans set fire to stadium
Footage shows a burning pile of rubble in the middle of the pitch and various sections of the stadium in flames.
Fans invaded the pitch and reportedly overturned the goals in a “demonstration of disgust for their team” before setting fire to the stadium.
Eskisehirspor are moving stadiums - luckily
Fortunately, Eskisehirspor won’t be playing at the Eskisehir Ataturk Stadium next season.
Despite their relegation to Turkish football’s second-tier, plans to move to a newly-build 33,000-seater stadium this summer had already been finalised.
Let’s hope Eskisehirspor aren’t relegated from the second division next season…
Three fans needed hospital treatment
According to reports, three fans needed hospital treatment following the protests after suffering minor injuries as a result of fire and smoke inhalation.
It’s lucky nobody was seriously hurt.
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