Furious Fenerbahce fans stage a mass riot in an abandoned friendly with Shakhtar

Turkish football has hardly had a sleepy summer as match-fixing allegations and criminal investigations have dominated the headlines.

Just over two weeks ago, around 40 players, managers and officials from nine Turkish football clubs as well as three Turkish FA leaders were arrested in connection with an eight-month-long investigation into organised match-fixing. Then, in a second wave of arrests, 20 more men were apprehended. The situation has sunk so bad that a leading Turkish politician has said “If only five percent of the allegations are true, it would be terrible for sport in Turkey.”

Undoubtedly, the most high profile person implicated in the investigations is Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim. Standing as one of the most powerful and richest men in Turkey, Yildirim’s involvement in such a corrupt situation has shaken the fabric of Turkish society to the core. Plenty of Turks, particularly Fenerbahce fans, believe Yildirim is being scapegoated, and on Thursday night they staged a protest in support of the jailed Yildirim during a friendly with Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.

Things began spiralling out of control just before the hour mark.

Two Fener fans – one who large and hugely aggressive – burst onto the pitch wearing t-shirts with Aziz Yildirim’s face on it. The stewards struggled to deal with the unruly twosome, taking several minutes to get them off the pitch and restore order.

That was only the beginning of the bother however. Minutes later, as the Fenerbahce fans continued to cause trouble, the match officials decided to call a halt to the contest. That decision lead to hundreds of Turkish fans invading the pitch as all order in the stadium evaporated.

Footage of the two angry pitch invaders can be seen here, while the mass pitch invasion can be watched here.