Turkey’s third division play-off final saw an alarmingly rough game between Karsiyaka SK and Turgutluspor. While the sides tussled into extra time, in a bid shave valuable seconds, two of Karsiyaka S.K’s players, who were trailing at that point of time proceeded to carry an injured player of the opposition off the field.
The seemingly injured player was visibly not amused with the actions of Karsiyaka players and got up rather quickly to confront them. The referee rushed in after witnessing the player being carried off and had to intervene to avoid a squabble by the touchline. Watch the incident right below:
Turkey’s third division fight for promotion
The play-off final was an entertaining affair as it went into extra time with both teams scoring a goal apiece in the initial 90 minutes.
The above incident occurred during the 103rd minute of the match, where Karsiyaka SK were desperate and vying for an equalizer after Mithat Yasar had put the opposing side into the lead.
Turgutluspor saw two players being sent off in the final 10 minutes of the encounter and as a result, conceded a late equalizer which took the final to penalties.
Turgutluspor earned a promotion to Turkey’s second division after piping their opposition by 5-3 in the penalty shootout and as a result, will contest in the second division from the next season.
Football in Turkey was halted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed 5630 lives so far. The matches were initially being contested under closed doors until March 19. Turkish Football Federation president Nihat Ozdemir had claimed:
“We want to turn the new period into an opportunity,”
“Therefore, we are confident that we will achieve this by respecting decisions with common sense, fulfilling all our individual and social responsibilities.
“Hopefully, we will complete our leagues in the best way at the end of July, we will give our trophies on the pitch and we will crown the season by hosting the UEFA Champions League final in our country in August.”