Turkey football witnessed one of the worst scenarios in recent football games as the Istanbul derby between Fenerbahce and Besiktas on Thursday night, ended abruptly when fans threw objects that ended up injuring Besiktas manager, Senol Gunes.
Fenerbahce was leading the second leg on away goals and had an extra man in the heated derby encounter when the incident took place.
Pepe had been sent off for a double-footed tackle on Josef de Souza early in the first half, and the game had already been stopped twice after Fenerbahce fans hurled objects at Besiktas’ Ricardo Quaresma while he was trying to take a corner.
The stadium was heated up more when in the 58th minute of the game, an argument ensued between Besiktas goalkeeper on the bench and several Fenerbahce fans. And when Besiktas coach tried to intervene, he was struck by an object thrown from the Fenerbahce stand and he fell to the ground before he was taken to the hospital.
The club later announced that the Besiktas coach suffered a concussion and received stitches on his head while about 15 Fenerbahce fans were arrested following the incident.
Besiktas players left the field after the incident but clashed with the opposition in the tunnel before the match officials abandoned play.
Following the events, Besiktas president Fikret Orman voiced his dismay at the situation, saying: “It is a sad day for Turkish football. Derbies in our league tend to be tense, however; we have never experienced an incident like this.
The Turkish Football Federation will make a decision on whether the game will be replayed or if an automatic 3-0 victory will be handed to Besiktas, which would put them through to the final against Akhisarspor on May 9.