Turkish football Chiefs suspends all leagues as Referee was punched to the floor by a club President

Referee receives hot blow in Turkey


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Referee Halil UmutMeler was punched by MKE Ankaragucu president Faruk Koca, who ran all the way
to the pitch after his team gave in a 97th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 Super Lig
draw with Caykur Rizespor. And as a result of this, Turkish football Chiefs suspends all leagues as Referee was punched tothe floor by a club President, on Monday 11th December, 2023.

The matches in allleagues have been postponed until further notice, Turkish FA (TFF) chairman
Mehmet Buyukeksi told a news meeting.

This attack is a nightof disgrace for Turkish football,- he added.

Meler got numerous blows from others as he lay on the field and sustained injuries including a
minor fracture.

The occurrence ignitedconfused scenes involving players and club officials.

Koca needed treatmentin hospital but detention measures will be approved after the treatment, - said
Turkey's minister of internal affairs, Ali Yerlikaya.

Yerlikaya said othershad been arrested for their part in the event, which he stoutly disapproved.

The 37 year old Meler,is one of Turkey's top referees and officiates international games for Fifa. He
is also on Uefa's best referee list.

He also neededhospital action and the chief physician of the hospital where he was treated,
Dr Mehmet Yorubulut, said: There is no life threat for now. He only has bleeding about his left eye and asmall fracture.

Fifa president GianniInfantino said the occurrence is totally intolerable and said that brutality
has no place in our sport or society.

With no match officialsthere is no football - he said. Referees, players, fans and staff have to be
safe and protected to enjoy the game, and I call on the related authorities to guarantee
that this is firmly applied and appreciated at all points - he said.

Yerlikaya said others had been arrested for their part in the occurrence, which he
stoutly disapproved.

Meler, 37, is one ofTurkey's top referees and officiates international games for Fifa. He is also
on Uefa's elite referee list.

He also needed hospital treatment and the chief physician of the hospital where he was
treated, Dr Mehmet Yorubulut, said: There is no life threat for the
moment. He only has bleeding around his left eye and a small fracture.

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We will observe our referee awaiting the morning due to head trauma. We will release
him from hospital after the essential examinations in the morning - he said.
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