Turkish club president handed permanent ban from football after punching referee in the face
Posted by  badge Boss on Dec 15, 2023 - 05:36AM
Faruk Koca struck Meler during Monday’s crazy scenes (Picture: ANADOLU AGENCY)

Faruk Koca, the president of Turkish side Ankaragucu, has been handed a permanent from all football after punching a match referee.

Match official Halia Umut Meler was struck by Koca at the end of a Turkish Super Lig match on Monday night.

Ankaragucu were hosting Rizespor at the Eryaman Stadium and were on their way to securing victoru before Adolfo Gaich equalised for the visitors in injury time. Ankaragucu’s forward Ali Sowe was also sent off in the 50th minute, which sparked an angry response from the home supporters.

Immediately after the final whistle,, sending him to the floor. Koca was later arrested.

Meler was pictured recovering in hospital this week wearing a neck brace after the attack.

as a result of the incident. Koca also resigned from his position as club president this week after apologising for his actions.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) have sought to take further action, announcing on Thursday its disciplinary board had imposed a permanent ban on Koca. The TFF board also ruled that Ankaragucu would pay a two million lira (£54,000) fine and would play five home games without fans as a result of the chaotic scenes.

Meler was recovering in hospital this week (Picture: REUTERS)

In a statement released several hours after full-time, the Turkish Football Federation said it condemned the ‘inhumane and despicable’ attack on the official.

‘We are following Halil Umut Meler’s health condition closely and wish a speedy recovery to our valuable referee.

‘This inhumane and despicable attack was made against all stakeholders of Turkish Football. Everyone who has targeted referees and encouraged crimes against referees is complicit in this despicable crime.

‘The irresponsible statements of club presidents, managers, coaches and TV commentators targeting referees have paved the way for this vile attack today.

‘In coordination with our state, all criminal proceedings deserved have been initiated against those responsible and instigators of this inhumane attack.

‘The responsible club, the club president, its managers and all the criminals who attacked Halil Umut Meler will be punished in the most severe way.’

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