Paul Onuachu scored his eighth league goal against İstanbulspor, but his celebration was cut short due to a contentious incident
The clash between Trabzonspor and İstanbulspor took an unexpected turn as İstanbulspor’s management withdrew the team from the field, Soccernet.ng reports.
Amidst the controversy surrounding Florian Loshaj’s situation before Trabzonspor’s second goal, İstanbulspor players expressed objections.
Despite the VAR review confirming a goal, İstanbulspor President Ecmel Faik Sarıalioğlu intervened, instructing his players to leave the field.
There were moments when İstanbulspor players appealed to President Ecmel Faik Sarıalioğlu to continue playing.
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Simon Deli, İstanbulspor Başkanı Ecmel Faik Sarıalioğlu'na maça devam etmek için yalvardı. pic.twitter.com/O5QDla4Qi2
— Fotomaç (@fotomac) December 19, 2023
Reports also suggested a meeting between Trabzonspor President Ertuğrul Doğan and İstanbulspor President Ecmel Faik Sarıalioğlu.
Despite initial discussions, İstanbulspor’s captain, Mehmet Yeşil, returned to inform Ali Şansalan of their decision not to resume the match.
This decision occurred despite Trabzonspor leading 2-1, with Nigerian striker Paul Onuachu scoring his 8th Süper Lig goal, giving his team the lead.
Días después que el presidente del Ankaragücü golpeara a un árbitro, hoy el del Istanbulspor se ha sumado a la fiesta y ha retirado a su equipo como protesta por la actuación del colegiado. Iban perdiendo 1-2 ante el Trabzonspor. 🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻🤦🏻
— La media turca (@lamediaturca) December 19, 2023
However, the unexpected turn of events during the match may potentially lead to point deductions due to the halt in play.
Regarding penalties for withdrawing from the field, regulations state that the team forfeiting the match after it has started will face a 3-0 loss.
Furthermore, the team may incur a deduction of 3 points from their current tally. Additionally, they might be subject to a compensation penalty, determined by the TFF, to cover referee expenses, other costs, and compensate the opposing team for their losses.