Turkish outfit Diyarbakirspor are facing instant demotion to the second division after their rioting fans caused their match with Istanbul Buyuksehir to be called off – the second match in a row which Diyarbakirspor have forced to end early.
Referee Huseyin Gocek had little option but to abandon the match on Sunday after the visiting fans invaded the pitch in the 87th minute. The fans violent behaviour was sparked after their team conceded.
According to reports, the Diyarbakirspor fans attempted to attack the home players and match officials before all cocerned were whisked down the tunnel to safety. It took over 20 minutes in total for the rioting fans to be controlled by the on-site police.
This all comes off the back of equally appalling scenes during last weekend’s match with Bursaspor which called off the game played after a thrown object struck and knocked down the assistant referee. (see here).
Under normal circumstances, the team whose fans cause the suspension of a game are handed 3-0 losses in addition to a lock down on home stadiums. However according to Turkish rules, any team that receives two losses by default in one season is dropped to the lower division automatically.
Footage of Diyarbakirspor’s rioting fans at Istanbul Buyuksehir can be seen here.