A staggering 43 weeks’ worth of bans have been handed down in Turkey as a result of a shocking brawl between fierce rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.
Five players, a coach and an assistant were all punished for their roles in the unsavoury scenes that overshadowed the match in Instanbul.
Turkish FA’s disciplinary board (PFDK) delivered their stunning verdict in the wake of the mass brawl that broke out at the end of last week’s Super League fixture.
Members of both teams were seen exchanging blows after they ran on to the pitch following the 2-2 draw, while sections of the crowd hurled abuse and booed from the stands.
The most severe penalties were for Galatasaray trainer, Hasan Sas and Fenerbahce’s Jailson – both of whom copped eight-week suspensions for attacking opposition players.
Fenerbahce’s former English Premier League striker Roberto Soldado was handed a six-week ban for the same offence, while Galatasaray’s coach Fatih Terim was hit with a seven-week punishment for insulting the referee and for comments he made in the post-match news conference.
Also suspended were Galatasaray midfielders Ndiaye (five games), Garry Mendes Rodrigues (three games) and Ryan Donk (six games) due to their unsportsmanlike conduct.
Fenerbahce pair Soldado and Jailson were both shown red cards as was Galatasaray’s Badou Ndiaye.