Local Turkish derby descends into CHAOS as out-of-control fan storms onto the pitch and attacks opposition goalkeeper with a CORNER FLAG before the match is suspended
- A second-tier derby in Turkey has been cancelled after a player was attacked
- Altay goalkeeper Ozan Evrim Ozenc was hit by a fan armed with a corner flag
- The thuggish supporter twice hit the goalkeeper in the head with the weapon
- The shot-stopper was sent to hospital as the match was eventually abandoned
A local football derby in Turkey has erupted into violence after a crazed supporter entered the pitch in the league encounter between Goztepe and Altay.
The TFF second division clash between the two teams ended in disarray as Altay goalkeeper Ozan Evrim Ozenc was subject to a brutal attack.
The shot-stopper was in discussions with one of his teammates after play had been stopped to allow an ambulance onto the pitch to deal with a previous disturbance in the stands.
Ozenc, 29, was unaware of what was going on behind him as the thuggish fan made his way across the penalty box with a corner flag in hand before unleashing a series of blows using the weapon.
The crazed attacker runs across the pitch before loading his strike with the corner flag
The attacker connects with the corner flag as he hits goalkeeper Ozan Evrim Ozenc’s head
The unnamed fan forcefully smacked the goalkeeper twice in the head as members in the crowd could be heard stating their disbelief at what was happening in front of their eyes.
The force of the attackers blows resulted in the corner flag splintering into pieces after wrapping the back of Ozenc’s head for a second time.
A period of confusion seemed to catch security and other players off-guard as the fan was allowed to continue his assault before eventually being wrestled to the ground.
The attacker’s ability to run across the pitch unchallenged raises concerns about players security with this incident raising questions about fan disorder at matches around the continent.
The goalkeeper was taken to hospital for further checks on his head injury while referee Emre Kargin sent both players back to their changing rooms before calling off the fixture.
Commenting after the incident, Goztepe called for dangerous supporters to be punished in an official social media post that read: ‘We wish a speedy recovery to our fans, who were seriously injured by a flare fired from the Altay away stand,’
‘Those who caused these events WE WANT HE TO BE TRIED WITH THE SEVERE PENALTY!’