Turkish football leagues suspended indefinitely after Ankaragucu president punches referee

Nedu Okorie 2023-12-12 0

Ankaragucu president Faruk Koca punched referee Halil Umut Meler following his side’s 1-1 draw with Rizespor in Turkish Super Lig on Monday night; two detained as fans also attack official, while detention order issued for Koca

On Tuesday, a Turkish court ordered the arrest of Koca and also remanded in custody two other suspects over the violence, the justice minister Yilmaz Tunc revealed.

Tunc said Koca and two others were formally arrested for “injuring a public official” after prosecutors took statements from them.

“The investigation is continuing meticulously,” Tunc said on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. A decision was made to impose judicial control on three further suspects.

Koca’s side had conceded a 97th-minute equaliser, ensuring Rizespor would stay four points clear of their hosts after the 1-1 draw.

Ankaragucu fans invaded the pitch after the game and Meler was also kicked when he fell, though it was unclear who his assailants were. Meler eventually made it to the dressing room with the help of the police.