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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Fenerbahce's bus shot at and driver injured

A bus carrying Fenerbahce football team was attacked on a highway near Trabzon as the players were returning from an away game which they won against Rize 5-1 . The driver was injured in the shooting. The driver was injured in the face and taken to hospital, said Fenerbahce's vice president Mahmut Uslu, who was himself on the bus at the time. He accused the attackers of trying to "crash the bus and kill the players". "It's unbelievable," he told Turkish television. Trabzon governor Abdil Celil Oz confirmed the gun attack on the bus and said the driver's life was not in danger. The governor said he had received a phone call from president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a supporter of the Istanbul club, asking him about the investigation into the attack. The Turkish Football Federation and most of the football clubs in Turkey issued a statement condemning the incident "in the strongest possible terms" and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice "immediately". Turkish media reacted with shock to the shooting, an unprecedented attack on a club in the football-mad country. Earlier, Fenerbahce took top spot in the standings courtesy of its easy victory. The game was as good as over inside an hour as the reigning champion struck five times without response through Mehmet Topuz (five), Moussa Sow (eight and 34), Pierre Webo (49) and Caner Erkin (55). Rizespor did manage to pull a goal back in the 62nd minute through Deniz Kadah but they could not get any closer as Fener moved a point ahead of arch-rival Galatasaray, which will expect to reclaim top spot when it hosts second-bottom Karabukspor. Genclerbirligi also ran in five goals as it despatched Kasimpasa 5-2, with Mostapha El Kabir grabbing a hat-trick. Kasimpasa actually took a fourth-minute lead, former Liverpool and Ajax striker Ryan Babel the man on the mark, but Genclerbirligi then struck four times in a 26-minute spell either side of half-time to take complete control. Mervan Celik and El Kabir (penalty) scored before the break and then Irfan Can Kahveci and El Kabir again made it 4-1 at the start of the second half. Ezequiel Scarione reduced the deficit 15 minutes from time but El Kabir wrapped up the home side's win - and his hat-trick - with another penalty late on. That victory kept Genclerbirligi level on points with mid-table rivals Mersin Idmanyurdu, which brought a five-match losing streak in all competitions to an end with a 3-1 win at Balikesirspor. Goals from Abdul Khalili (30), Welliton (58) and Prejuce Nakoulma (76) saw visiting Mersin to victory, with Balikesirspor netting a 90th-minute consolation through Ante Kulusic. On a day when there was an average of more than five goals per game in the Super Lig, Sivasspor also claimed a 3-1 away win, beating Eskisehirspor. Relegation-battling Eskisehirspor led through Sezer Ozturk's 41st-minute penalty at the break but Sivasspor turned things round in the second half with a brace from Aatif Chahechouhe coming either side of a John Utaka goal. On Sunday, in early match Galatasaray will face Karabuk and Trabzon travels to Konya... Week 26 will close on Monday with Besiktas vs Basaksehir match,,, Lastly, There are dark clouds over Turkish football... TFF needs to take urgent actions as soon as possible !

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