Thursday, 5 November 2015

SporNews: Referee locked in dressing room overnight for refusing to award penalty.

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Trabzonspor president Ibrahim Ethem Haciosmanoglu and several members of his board have been given lengthy bans after a referee was locked in his dressing room at their stadium.

Haciosmanoglu was angered by match official Cagatay Sahan’s decision not to award the Turkish side a penalty late in last Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Gaziantepspor and ordered Sahan and his assistants to be locked in overnight.

They were released when Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly intervened.

“I told stadium security not to let the referees leave until the morning, until I arrived, but a very important person called me and asked me not to cause embarrassment in Turkey and around the world,” Haciosmanoglu told the Dogan news agency at the time.

He said in a subsequent statement on his club’s website that he took the measures for the officials’ own safety. The statement, on Tuesday, read, “Our goal was to protect the referees from the crowd in Trabzon. We also arranged for the referees to leave the city without any problems.”

The Turkish Football Federation was unimpressed, though, and an announcement on its website announced Haciosmanoglu had been banned from carrying out his official functions for 280 days and fined 150,000 Turkish lira (€34,250).

Agency report

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