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Nigeria’s Osayi-Samuel confronts pitch invader in chaotic Turkish game – AfrikPage

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Following Fenerbahce’s 3-2 victory over Trabzonspor in Turkey’s Super Lig, chaos erupted as Trabzonspor fans stormed the field, attacking Fenerbahce players. In the midst of the chaos, Nigerian defender Bright Osayi-Samuel, playing for Fenerbahce, was filmed confronting and restraining a violent pitch invader.

The incident, deemed “absolutely unacceptable” by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, sparked outrage in the football community.

“It has no place in our sport or society…I have said it before, and I will say it again – without exception, in football, all players have to be safe and secure to play the game which brings such joy to so many people all over the world,” Giannini Infantino said.

“I call on the relevant authorities to ensure that this is respected at all levels and for the perpetrators of the shocking events in Trabzon to be held accountable for their actions”, he added

Amidst the violence, Nigerian defender Bright Osayi-Samuel, representing Fenerbahce, was captured on video confronting and subduing a violent pitch invader, demonstrating remarkable composure amidst the chaos. Former Chelsea forward Batshuayi also intervened, aiming a kick at another attacker.

In a separate video, Osayi-Samuel is observed celebrating before noticing a pitch invader. He promptly confronted the aggressor, defending himself against an incoming punch and responding with one of his own. Security intervened swiftly to subdue the unruly fan, while Osayi-Samuel required assistance from his teammates and security personnel to contain the escalating situation.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) swiftly denounced the events, vowing to impose necessary criminal sanctions on those responsible for the disturbing incidents.

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