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Fenerbahce ‘threaten to WITHDRAW’ from Turkish Super League as club president claims they ‘cannot tolerate’ how they are treated… after shocking scenes where rival Trabzonspor fans attacked players with no action taken

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Fenerbahce are reportedly threatening to withdraw from the Turkish Super League and are furious with how they have been treated for years.

The club’s members will evaluate the matter at an extraordinary general assembly meeting on April 2.

Their ire has been provoked after rival Trabzonspor fans attacked their players this month, with no punitive action taken. 

Michy Batshuayi and former QPR star Bright Osayi-Samuel fought back alongside team-mates as thugs invaded the pitch, brandishing weapons and even corner flags. 

‘The treatment Fenerbahce receives is not something we can tolerate,’ said club president Ali Koc.

Fenerbahce are reportedly threatening to withdraw from the Turkish Super League 

Club president Ali Koc claims their treatment over the years cannot be tolerated any longer

Club president Ali Koc claims their treatment over the years cannot be tolerated any longer

Even at half-time, missiles had rained from the stands, with goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic left bleeding after being struck by a coin. Edin Dzeko and Dusan Tadic were also hit. 

Fenerbahce are one of Turkey’s three major clubs alongside Galatasaray and Besiktas.

If the vote passes, they would forfeit the remainder of this campaign before starting afresh in the second tier – and hand their sworn enemies Galatasaray the title. 

According to The Athletic, Fenerbahce have grievances dating back to 2006 which fuel their threat to pull out of the league.

That initial complaint stems from the last game of 2005/06 against Denizlispor, a game which was disrupted by missiles from the stands and which cost them the title. No corruption or plans to spurn Fenerbahce were uncovered. 

In 2011, the club was mired by allegations of corruption as part of the Turkish match-fixing scandal. 

The club’s former president Aziz Yildirim was jailed for six years but was declared innocent in 2020. 

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) banned them from competing in the Champions League the next season and they were later banned from Europe for an extra two campaigns – but they were acquitted of all charges in 2015.

Trabzonspor fans attempted to attack Fenerbahce's players following their clash this month

Trabzonspor fans attempted to attack Fenerbahce’s players following their clash this month

Fenerbahce's members will 'evaluate' the matter of withdrawing in a meeting on April 2

Fenerbahce’s members will ‘evaluate’ the matter of withdrawing in a meeting on April 2

In 2015, Fenerbahce's team bus was shot at and their president has complained of persistent mistreatment

In 2015, Fenerbahce’s team bus was shot at and their president has complained of persistent mistreatment 

Fenerbahce demanded over £115million in damages from UEFA and the TFF. 

In 2015, more than 40 lives could have been lost when their team bus was peppered with bullets after a 5-1 win over Rizespor, which left the driver ‘gushing with blood’ and needing to be rushed to hospital. 

Miraculously the driver, who was taking the team towards Trabzon airport, was able to stop the bus from veering off a cliff and the team, which included former Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt, all avoided any serious injuries.

Incredulous at the level of violence embarrassing the country’s football, all Turkish Super Lig matches were abandoned as a result. The ban lasted for one week.

The ugly scenes at Trabzonspor on March 17 are the latest turn of the screw.

Fenerbahce won the intense encounter 3-2, with Batshuayi netting the decisive goal in the closing stages after former Man United midfielder Fred had scored twice.

The feeling of animosity inside the Papara Park stadium was amplified by Batshuayi’s late winner as supporters began to hurl objects onto the pitch.

With three points secured, Fenerbahce’s players celebrated together in the middle of the pitch before the violent scenes worsened.

A lone supporter charged onto the pitch before Bright Osayi-Samuel intervened

A lone supporter charged onto the pitch before Bright Osayi-Samuel intervened

Corner flags were used as makeshift weapons against players as they attempted to find shelter

Corner flags were used as makeshift weapons against players as they attempted to find shelter

With just minutes remaining Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi restored Fenerbahce's lead

With just minutes remaining Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi restored Fenerbahce’s lead

The incident began when a lone supporter evaded stewards and ran directly towards the celebrating stars in the centre of the pitch.

As they moved ever closer to the players without being intercepted by security, former QPR star Osayi-Samuel was forced to fight back to protect himself.

The 26-year-old could be seen raining down punches on his would-be attacker, as his team-mates and members of staff rushed to his aid.

From that point on the situation devolved even further as scores of fans began to make their way beyond the barricades, rushing directly onto the pitch.

Clips circulated on social media showing another supporter sprinting directly towards former Chelsea and Crystal Palace star Batshuayi.

Taking direct action the Belgian forward launched into a spinning heel kick connecting with the supporter and causing them to quickly disperse.

Stewards attempted to protect the players as fans forced their way onto the pitch at full-time

Stewards attempted to protect the players as fans forced their way onto the pitch at full-time

Violent scenes erupted on the pitch as the players were forced to defend themselves

Violent scenes erupted on the pitch as the players were forced to defend themselves

The potential for serious harm to have been caused during the incident was made frighteningly clear with images on social media appearing to show a supporter appearing to brandish a weapon during the ugly scenes.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s interior minister, Ali Yerlikaya condemned the violence as he revealed authorities had already started a probe into identifying the culprits

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