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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fans and police clash as Galatasaray win title

Photo by Reuters

Galatasaray won the Turkish Super league title for the 18th time 

after a 0-0 draw in Kadikoy against Fenerbahce.....

Fenerbahce fans clashed with police after end of the match......

Fenerbahce needed to win to retain the championship, 

Sports channel Lig TV said journalists, players and even policemen were also affected by the pepper spray. 

Some parents angrily reacted to the police after their children were affected, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.

The pitch invasion and violence at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium blocked Galatasaray from immediately celebrating its 18th league title and lifting the Turkish Super League Cup. 

Authorities finally turned off the floodlights.

But the team eventually returned to the field to receive the trophy.
"We would not take the cup in the changing room,'' state television quoted coach Fatih Terim.
Galatasaray ended the four-way title playoffs with 48 points, 

one ahead of Fenerbahce.
Trabzonspor were third and Besiktas fourth.
There was chaos after the match as Fenerbahce fans invadedthe pitch and clashed with police.
Fans also ripped up seats and threw them on to theplaying surface. 

Galatasaray fans did not attend the match undera federation ruling.
Outside the stadium police fired tear gas and water cannonas they clashed again with Fenerbahce supporters.
There were contrasting scenes elsewhere in the city atTaksim Square where Galatasaray fans danced, lit flares andwaved flags in the team's red and yellow colors.
Fatih Terim in his third spell with Galatasaray after taking the job from Bulent Ulgen,
won the fifth Championship in Turkey.
Fatih Terim, broke Trabzonspor former coach Ahmet Suat Ozyazici's record , with four league title.
Source: Wires (AP),Reuters, Anatolian news Agency and
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