World Bulletin / News Desk
A group of football hooligans were referred to the Kadıköy Courthouse on Tuesday after they were detained due to their involvement in violent incidents that broke out before and after last Saturday’s title-decider between Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray in Kadıköy, İstanbul.
The archrivals finished with a 0-0 draw at Fenerbahçe’s Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium in Kadıköy, resulting in Galatasaray being crowned champion of the season.
After the game ended, a group of fans rushed onto the pitch and clashed with police officers as the violence continued outside the stadium.
Some 48 suspects accused of engaging in violence were detained and questioned after being identified in footage taken by the police, media and the security cameras of nearby shops. The suspects include an engineer, a doctor and a high-level official in a company, as well as a number with a criminal background.
When one suspect was asked the reason why he invaded the pitch, he said he wanted to warn officials not to give the championship cup to Galatasaray in the stadium. Another said he was going to get the footballers’ autographs, while a further suspect said he wanted to invite somebody to his wedding. Out of the 48 suspects, 17 were detained as a result of the incidents in the stadium while 10 others were taken into custody for setting fire to police cars nearby. The remaining suspects were accused of causing damage to official cars near a Kadıköy police station.Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Mayıs 2012, 23:29