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Football game in Turkey abandoned after fan assaults player with corner flag | Soccer


A derby game in Turkey was abandoned after a pitch invader violently attacked the visiting goalkeeper with a corner flag.

The second-tier match between the Anatolian rivals Göztepe and Altay was called off 25 minutes into the first half. Play had been stopped because fans were receiving medical treatment after disturbances in the stands, at which point a Göztepe supporter ran on to the pitch, picked up the corner flag and used it to attack the Altay goalkeeper, Ozan Evrim Ozenc, before being restrained by nearby players and security staff.

Göztepe and Altay are longstanding rivals from the city of Izmir, with the derby a notoriously fiery fixture. The game had already been stopped in the 19th minute after fireworks were thrown at the home fans from the away section.

Elsewhere on Sunday, the Russian Cup tie between Zenit St Petersburg and Spartak Moscow descended into chaos when six red cards were issued after a mass-brawl in stoppage time. With the scores goalless and penalties looming, a clash between Quincy Promes and Wílmar Barrios prompted the referee to sprint across and forcibly separate the pair, before players and staff rushed over and a huge fracas broke out with punches and kicks being aimed from both sides.

Three players from each team were sent off, including two who had already been replaced and and one unused substitute. Zenit went on to win the penalty shootout 4-2.



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