Thursday, April 04, 2013
Ankaragucu handed further 3 match stadium ban !
The Turkish FA today handed Ankaragucu a further 3 match stadium ban and 80,000 Turkish Lira fine due to the crowd trouble at Tavsanli last weekend. Ankaragucu fans threw smoke bombs which hit Mehmet Tasci (pictured above). Smoke bombs were also thrown at police during and after the match. I spoke to Ankaragucu fans who were at the match and they said they are protesting against the government.
I understand the frustrations of the Ankaragucu fans, but as Jim mentioned previously if they are going to vent their anger then they must take it out on the ones who have hurt Ankaragucu. These stadium bans and fines are only hurting the club who are already crippled with debt. By the time the ban is complete Ankaragucu will have served an 11 match stadium ban. The club will now play their first 2 league games of next season in an empty stadium.
In other news today, President Mehmet Yiginer travelled to South African to discuss outstanding payments with former Ankaragucu player Calvin Sosibo. The South African winger signed for the club in 2009 but only played 2 games for the club. Mehmet Yiginer has been busy the last couple of months negotiating with former players over owed wages.