April 26, 2018 / 6:49 PM / a year ago

Soccer: Besiktas won't turn up for replay with Fenerbahce

Soccer Football - Turkish Cup - Semi Final - Fenerbahce vs Besiktas - Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, Istanbul, Turkey - April 19, 2018 Fenerbahce fan is apprehended by police after the game is delayed REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Besiktas (BJKAS.IS) will not turn up for the replay of the Turkish Cup semi-final second leg against Fenerbahce which was abandoned last week due to crowd violence, the club said on Thursday.

The game between two of the country’s biggest teams was abandoned after 57 minutes after the Besiktas coach was hit on the head by an object thrown by Fenerbahce (FENER.IS) fans.

The Turkish football federation ruled that the last 32 minutes of the match should be completed on May 3 behind closed doors.

Besiktas said they had received the federation’s decision with sadness and dismay.

“We have been on the field for 115 years, we have won, had draws or lost on the field. In order not to accept being losers, we will not show up on the field on May 3,” Besiktas said in a statement on their website.

The match was level at 0-0 when it was abandoned and the first leg was drawn 2-2.

Writing by Ezgi Erkoyun, editing by Ed Osmond

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