Footballing activities in Turkey has been suspended for one week and the decision affects both next weekend’s Super Lig fixtures and midweek cup quarter-finals.

The compelling hiatus comes following the armed attack on Fenerbahce’s team bus on Saturday as it drove to the airport following an away match at Caykur Rizespor, which the visitors won 5-1.

Fenerbahce had temporarily gone top of the league with Saturday’s win, although Galatasaray returned to the summit on Sunday by beating Karabukspor 4-2, and they sit two points clear with eight matches remaining.

The bus was going over a viaduct on its way from the city of Rize to the airport in Trabzon to return to Istanbul when the incident occurred.

Fenerbahce’s driver was injured as the team coach was ‘shot at’ by armed gang and the club demanded that football be suspended until the incident was dealt with and the culprits punished.

Several pictures of the attacked bus had been posted on Fenerbahce’s official website which showed a shattered side window and damage to the front windscreen.

The pictures also showed blood on the driver’s seat and the steering wheel.

As a result, a one-week suspension was announced by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) on Monday following a meeting with sports minister Akif Cagatay Kilic.


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