A Ziraat Turkish Cup semifinal game between Istanbul giants Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş was abandoned by the referee amid chaotic crowd scenes late on April 19, adding more tension to the Super League as all four big Istanbul sides remain in contention for the title.
The derby game was postponed after visiting Beşiktaş manager Şenol Güneş was injured by one of the projectiles hurled by Fenerbahçe fans.
In the return match of the 2-2 first leg, which was also marked by brawl between players, Beşiktaş’s Portuguese central defender Pepe was sent off for an ill-judged tackle against Fenerbahçe midfielder Josef de Souza.
During the goalless first half, Beşiktaş left-back Caner Erkin, a former Fenerbahçe regular, was constantly booed by home side fans each time he touched the ball, while Beşiktaş winger Ricardo Quaresma was also subjected to projectiles, particularly while taking corners.
At the start of the second half, sections of the Fenerbahçe crowd continued to throw objects such as plastic bottles, coins and key chains at the Beşiktaş bench and the referee halted the game in the 57th minute.
Beşiktaş players then left the pitch along with the referees and the game was later abandoned.
Television pictures showed Güneş clutching his head in pain and bewilderment and falling to the turf after being hit by one object.
Güneş, the legendary former Turkish international goalkeeper who has led Beşiktaş to two consecutive championship titles, was taken by his own medical staff to the changing rooms where he received five stitches to the head wound.
He was later taken to hospital and pictures showed him being transferred on a stretcher.
At the time the match was abandoned at Fenerbahçe’s Ülker Stadium on the Asian side of Istanbul, the score was 0-0.
The Anadolu Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Istanbul has launched a probe into the incidents, it stated early on April 20.
A suspect linked to the incident was arrested after Turkish security forces viewed camera footage, the statement added.
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) is set to rule on a replay or declare Beşiktaş’s win by default, which would put the Black Eagles against Akhisarspor, an underdog which downed league leader Galatasaray a day earlier.
In the return to the league, third-placed Başakşehir on 59 points was due to host Kayserispor late on April 20, 60-point Galatasaray will visit Alanyaspor on April 21, and 59-point Beşiktaş will take on Malatyaspor on April 22.
Fenerbahçe will host Antalyaspor on April 23 in the closing game of the week.