Football fans clash with police in
Turkey, Fenerbahce supporters storm onto pitch and battle police in
Istanbul as draw hands title to archrivals Galatasaray.Football fans in
Istanbul have clashed with Turkish police at the climax of the country's
football season, which saw Galatasaray claim the league championship
with a goalless draw at the home of archrivals Fenerbahce.
fans ripped up seats and threw them on to the playing surface. Police
used pepper spray to disperse the fans and evacuated the Sukru Saracoglu
Stadium as players fled from the pitch.
Galatasaray fans did not attend the match under a federation ruling.
Outside the stadium police fired tear gas and water cannon as they clashed again with Fenerbahce supporters.
were contrasting scenes elsewhere in the city at Taksim Square where
thousands of Galatasaray fans danced, lit flares and waved flags in the
team's red and yellow colours to celebrate their team's 18th league
The victory comes days after Turkish soccer authorities cleared all teams implicated in an alleged match-fixing scheme.
a highly-charged derby that Fenerbahce needed to win to retain the
championship, Galatasaray hung on against a more attack-minded home side
as red cards reduced both sides to 10 men in the second half.
The former UEFA Cup winners are now level on 18 championships with Fenerbahce.
ended the four-way title playoffs with 48 points, one ahead of
Fenerbahce. Trabzonspor were third and Besiktas fourth.
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