The arrest followed an outbreak of violence during the Ankaraguchu Super League club’s home match against Rizespor on Monday night. Referee Halil Umut Meler, who was kicked as he lay on the pitch, said Koça had also threatened him and his colleagues, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Faruk Kocia kicked me under my left eye, I fell to the ground. While I was lying on the ground, other people hit me many times on my face and other parts of my body, he said.
Kocha said to me and my colleagues: I will finish you off. Turning to me, he said: I will kill you.
The Turkish court that ordered the arrest also remanded two other suspects in custodyThe government has suspended all leagues after the disgraceful incident in Ankara.
Justice Minister Yılmaz Tunç said Koja and two others were formally arrested for injuring a public servant after prosecutors took statements from them.
The investigation is thoroughly ongoing, he said on social networking site X, adding that judicial control has been imposed on three other suspects.
Kocha walked onto the field and punched Meler when the final whistle blewThe federation said Ankaraguku, its chairman, club officials and all those responsible for the attack on the referee will be punished in the strictest terms.
Gianni Infantino, president of world soccer organization FIFA, said that the events after the match were totally unacceptable and hapriy to take decisive and necessary action against all those involved in acts of insult and violence against referees, UEFA said in a statement.
Such unacceptable and disturbing behavior is detrimental to the efforts of the national associations to attract the referees needed to officiate the game.
The 37-year-old Mehler, who has been a FIFA referee since 2017, was in charge of Lazio’s Champions League group game against Celtic on Nov. 28.
Referees in Turkey are often criticized by executives and the president of thea table with 18 points,
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