Trabzonspor vs. Fenerbahce Abandoned After Fan Attacks Official

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2016

(L-R) Robin van Persie of Fenerbahce, Jose Fernando Viana de Santana (Fernandao) of Fenerbahce during the Super Lig match between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce on April 13, 2016 at the Turk Telekom Arena in Istanbul, Turkey.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Fenerbahce's Turkish Super Lig clash with Trabzonspor was abandoned late on after a fan attacked one of the assistant referees on Sunday.

Hosts Trabzonspor were trailing 4-0 to title-chasing Fener when a fan rushed from the stands and knocked the official, Volkan Bayarslan, to the ground before punching him—see the video below:

Per Press Association Sport (via ESPN FC), the game was then suspended with a minute remaining by referee Bulent Yildirim, and a statement from the Turkish Football Federation said "a decision on the result will be made by the league's board of directors."

The full statement read: "In the match between Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor in week 30 of the Spor Toto Super Lig, in the 89th minute assistant referee Volkan Bayarslan was assaulted. The on-field action was suspended by referee Bulent Yildirim. A decision on the result will be made by the league's board of directors."

The PA report added that images on Fenerbahce's website "showed another [fan] climbing to the top of a stand and pulling down Fenerbahce's club flag," while riot police also had to be called into action to re-establish order.

One of the photographs reportedly showed a young girl wearing Trabzonspor colours being carried away to safety by a policeman.

Alper Potuk, Volkan Sen, Nani and Robin van Persie had given the visitors a very comfortable lead before the match was abandoned.

The Guardian indicated Fenerbahce will likely be awarded the victory and thus move to within three points of table-topping Besiktas with four games remaining in the season.

Trabzonspor currently sit in 11th place in the Super Lig. 

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