April 19, 2018 / 8:56 PM / a month ago

Soccer: Turkish Cup semi abandoned after Besiktas coach struck by object

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish Cup semi-final between two of the country’s biggest teams on Thursday was abandoned after the Besiktas coach was hit on the head by an object thrown by Fenerbahce fans.

Soccer Football - Turkish Cup - Semi Final - Fenerbahce vs Besiktas - Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey - April 19, 2018 Besiktas coach Senol Gunes is on the floor after being hit by an object REUTERS/Murad Sezer

The game between the long-time Istanbul rivals started in a tense atmosphere and Besiktas were reduced to 10 men after former Real Madrid defender Pepe was sent off for a reckless tackle.

Tensions increased when fans threw objects at a Besiktas player as a corner was taken.

The Fenerbahce players tried to calm down the fans but the disorder continued into the second half and Besiktas coach Senol Gunes was struck on the head by an unidentified object.

He fell to the ground, a Reuters witness said, and local media reported that he received five stitches to his head and was taken to the hospital.

The Besiktas players then left the pitch along with the referees and the game was later abandoned.

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Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Murad Sezer, Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen, editing by Ed Osmond

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