Aziz Yıldırım, the chairman of Istanbul-based sports club Fenerbahçe, has slapped Işık Eyigüngör, the chairman of the Near East University club, just ahead of a derby match between the two clubs’ women basketball teams scheduled to take place on May 7.
Yıldırım was reported to have lost his nerve when he and other Fenerbahçe
executives were not given seats and were kept waiting at the Cafearğa Stadium, where tip-off was due at 2 p.m.
The Near East University club, hosting the match, was also reported to have filled the empty seats in the arena with the fans of Fenerbahçe’s arch-rival Beşiktaş.
The incident came ahead of a critical football match in the Turkish Super League between Beşiktaş
on the night of May 7.
“You see their indecencies. They are trying to lure our players just before the match, making transfer bids. We want tickets for our fans but they are not selling them [to Fenerbahçe
supporters],” Yıldırım told the reporters after the incident.
“What’s more, they filled the stadium with Beşiktaş
fans. What business do Beşiktaş
fans have being at a Fenerbahçe-Near East University match? This incident will not end here,” he added.