after three minutes, Fenerbahçe players leave the pitch to protest

By Le Figaro with AFP

Published yesterday at 11:51 p.m., Updated yesterday at 11:53 p.m.

The Fenerbahçe players left the pitch after 3 minutes of play. Emre OKTAY / SPP / SPP / Panoramic

The players of the Turkish club left the field after only three minutes of play. The cause: they consider that their club is the victim of injustice.

“It is time for the clocks of Turkish football to be reset to zero”declared Fenerbahçe president Ali Koç during a press conference organized before the meeting, which started at 9:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. GMT) in Sanliurfa (south-east).

Claiming that too many championship titles have “escaped” at Fenerbahçe in a dubious manner, Ali Koç denounced the existence of a “occult network in Turkish football for years” which, he asserts, “decides on the course of the championship through the referees”.

Before the match, Fenerbahçe had requested that a foreign referee officiate the Super Cup, and had also requested its postponement due to the quarter-final of the Europa Conference League which it must play on Thursday against Olympiakos.

The Turkish Football Federation, which imposed a match ban on two Fenerbahçe players on Wednesday after violence occurred during a pitch invasion in Trabzon after a championship match, rejected both requests.


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