Turkish football club boss fined for taking referees ‘hostage’

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ANKARA: The Turkish Football Federation has suspended and fined the boss of leading club Trabzonspor after he ordered four referees to be held captive in a dispute over a crucial line call. Ibrahim Haciosmanoglu told club officials to hold referee Cagatay Sahan and three assistants in a locked room after the Black Sea team were denied a penalty in the final minutes of a match last Wednesday against Gaziantepspor, which ended in a 2-2 draw. They were freed after four hours following a late-night call from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and were later escorted from the stadium by police, but were pelted by angry fans with bottles and stones.

AFP

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