Slovenes in Turkey without football for the time being: Club president knocks out referee, Turkish association suspends football activities
John Mary, an African forward remembered by many from his days at Rudar in Velenje, scoring goals like clockwork in the Prva liga Telemach, witnessed an incident that reverberates worldwide. In Turkey, Ankaragücü and Çaykur Rizespor clashed, ending in a 1-1 draw. The guests secured a point in the 97th minute when Adolfo Gaich scored the equalizer, followed by truly incredible scenes.
Faruk Koca, the home club’s president who bizarrely received the fair play award last year, physically attacked referee Halil Umut Meler, punching him directly in the face. While the official was on the ground, he received several kicks to the head. The police have issued an arrest warrant for the violent president, and the football association has already suspended all football activities in the country indefinitely.
“We are closely monitoring Halil Umut Meler’s health and wish him a speedy recovery. This inhuman and despicable attack was aimed at all participants in Turkish football. Those targeting referees and inciting crimes against referees are complicit in this despicable crime. Irresponsible statements from club presidents, managers, coaches, and television commentators directed at referees paved the way for this heinous attack,” stated the stern Turkish Football Association.
Consequently, even Slovenian footballers playing in Turkey are left without football for the time being: national team member Miha Zajc is part of the Fenerbahçe, Jure Balkovec plays for Antalyaspor, David Tijanić is at Göztepe, and young talent Svit Sešlar dons the jersey of second-division side Eyüpspor.
— Umut (@demokrat_t_) December 12, 2023
This text was automatically translated using AI.