Galatasaray vs. Fenerbahce Postponed Amid Security Fears After Istanbul Bombing

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2016

Galatasaray's supporters hold scarves   during the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Galatasaray AS and FC Astana at the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul on December 8, 2015.  / AFP / OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
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The derby between Turkish sides Galatasaray and Fenerbahce scheduled to take place on Sunday night has been postponed due to security fears after the recent Istanbul bombing. 

Reuters (h/t Euronews) reported the news:

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Football derby between Turkish sides Fenerbahce and Galatasaray postponed for security reasons after Istanbul bombing -Reuters

Galatasaray later confirmed the news via their official Twitter account:

21x Turkish Champions 🏆 @Galatasaray

Due to security concerns based on information provided by the TFF, İstanbul council and police force, tonight's match has been postponed.

Istanbul was the site of a bombing that left four people dead Saturday, per Ece Toksabay and Ayla Jean Yackley of Reuters.

According to the Associated Press, the match was abandoned after a threat was made, although details of the threat are unknown at this point. 

According to Goal's Eliot Rothwell, fans were already waiting to enter the Turk Telekom Arena when the announcement was made. Galatasaray had decided not to let fans enter the stadium several hours before:

The Intercontinental Derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce is one of the most high-profile matches of the Turkish football calendar. The two clubs have won more domestic titles than any other team and traditionally battle each other for the Super Lig title every season. 

Fenerbahce currently sit in second place in the Turkish league standings, chasing another club from Istanbul, Besiktas, by four points.


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