February 22, 2024

A referee assault from a membership president throughout a Tremendous Lig match in Turkey led to the suspension of all soccer matches on Tuesday.

MKE Ankaragucu President Faruk Koca attacked referee Halil Umut Meler on the pitch Monday night time after his group’s match resulted in a 1-1 draw towards Caykur Rizespor. The referee fell to the bottom and was additionally kicked through the melee after followers additionally stormed the pitch.


Faruk Koca, president of MKE Ankaragucu, throws a punch at referee Halil Umut Meler after the Turkish Tremendous Lig week 15 soccer match between MKE Ankaragucu and Rizespor at Eryaman Stadium in Ankara, Turkey, on Dec. 11, 2023. (Emin Sansar/Anadolu through Getty Pictures)

The Turkish Soccer Federation introduced it suspended all league video games indefinitely after an emergency assembly was held to speak concerning the skirmish.

“This assault is unlucky and shameful within the identify of soccer,” Turkish Soccer Federation boss Mehmet Buyukeksi mentioned after the assembly. “We are saying sufficient is sufficient.

“Everybody who has focused referees and inspired them to commit crimes is complicit on this despicable assault. The irresponsible statements of membership presidents, managers, coaches and tv commentators concentrating on referees have opened the best way for this assault.”


Referee Halil Umut Meler holds his face as he lies on the bottom after being punched by MKE Ankaragucu President Faruk Koca, heart, on the finish of the Turkish Tremendous Lig soccer match between MKE Ankaragucu and Caykur Rizespor in Ankara, Monday, Dec. 11, 2023. (Abdurrahman Antakyali/Depo Pictures through AP)

Meler was hospitalized with a slight fracture close to his eye. He was seen with a bruise beneath his eye after the assault. He was anticipated to be discharged on Wednesday.

Koca was thought-about to be vulnerable to a coronary heart assault and was additionally hospitalized. Turkey’s Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc introduced that Koca was ordered to be arrested on costs of injuring a public official.

Koca denied inflicting damage, insisting he solely slapped Meler, in line with Turkish media. He reportedly blamed the incident on the referee and accused him of creating “wrongful choices.”

A fight in the Turkish league

The Turkish Soccer Federation has suspended all league video games within the nation after a membership president punched the referee within the face on the finish of a top-flight match. Faruk Koca was arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2023, together with two different individuals, on costs of injuring a public official following questioning by prosecutors. (Abdurrahman Antakyali/Depo Pictures through AP)


Meler advised reporters from a hospital that he hoped the incident would spark change within the nation. Turkey is ready to carry the 2032 European Championship with Italy.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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