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FIFA boss, Infantino condemns attack on referee in Turkey

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Super Lig - MKE Ankaragucu v Caykur Rizespor - Eryaman Stadium - Ankara, Turkey - December 11, 2023 Referee Halil Umut Meler lies on the ground at the end the Turkish Super Lig soccer match between MKE Ankaragucu and Caykur Rizespor REUTERS/Abdurrahman Antakyali/Depo Photo/File... Acquire Licensing Right

The president of FIFA  Gianni Infantino has reacted to an incidence in Turkey where a club president, Faruk Koca of

Ankaragucu punched the referee in the face at the end of their Super Lig home match against Rizespor.

“There is absolutely no place for violence in football, on or off the field. Events following the Turkish Süper Lig match between MKE Ankaragücü and Çaykur Rizespor are totally unacceptable and have no place in our sport or society”, remarked Infantino.

“Without match officials there is no football. Referees, players, fans and staff have to be safe and secure to enjoy the game, and I call on the relevant authorities to ensure that this is strictly implemented and respected at all levels.”

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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