Four players charged after wounding with 'sharp object' in Turkish third-tier game
The Turkish Football Federation has charged four players after a footballer was accused of injuring other players with a "sharp object" during a third-tier game in southeastern Turkey.
Anadolu Agency said four members of Sakaryaspor's team accused midfielder Mansur Calar of home team Amed SFK of wounding them on Saturday during a match in the mostly Kurdish populated city of Diyarbakir.
A court imposed a travel ban on Calar pending the outcome of the investigation.
Calar, along with teammates Muhlis Istemi and Muhammed Ali Ozdemir, has been referred to the Professional Football Discipline Committee (PDFK) for "assault" and breaching rule No 44. Sakaryaspor player Serkan Odabasoglu has also been charged with the same offence, while Amedspor are facing charges of unsporting chants, on field incidents and breaching rules 53, 52, 46.
Rule 44 states that a player who assaults another player will face between a 5-10 match ban, though the severity of the case may be taken into account.
Amed SFK has denied the allegations, accusing the rival team players of aiming to cause "tensions and enmity."
Amed SFK, whose fanbase is largely Kurdish, frequently faces hostility in away games, especially in regions where Turkish nationalist sentiments run high.