It seems that Turkish fans are serious about their soccer.
Last week were the finals for the Turkish Süper Lig. From what I understand, their scoring works the same way as the English Premiere League: there is no final between the first and second place team, the winner is the one who has the most points at the end.
Second-place Bursapor was one point behind Fenerbahçe. Since Bursapor faced last year’s champions, Beşkitaş, Fenerbahçe was expected to win their 18th league title.
Some 50,000 Fenerbahçe fans filled the Şükrü Saraçoğlu stadium. Most weren’t focused on the actual game, just waiting to celebrate their imminent win.
At 90 minutes, the game was tied, and the ref announced 4 extra minutes. Fenerbahçe played offensively, attacking the goal.
Two minutes into the extra time, the announcer shouted that Bursapor had tied their game, and Fenerbahçe was the league winner. Fenerbahçe stopped attacking, and finished the game tied 1-1.
When the match ended, fans took advantage of having no barricades and streamed onto the pitch to celebrate, carrying players around on their shoulders.
A few minutes later, the announcer came back on to apologize for his mistake, saying, “The Bursapor vs. Beşkitaş game in fact finished 2-1. Bursapor are the champions.”
After a short silence, fans went crazy. They began to break seats and set fire to the stands. Riot police came in and drove back the fans with tear gas, while fire trucks drove onto the pitch to put out the fires.
Turkey is obviously a place that takes it’s soccer very seriously. As far as I know, there were no injuries.
Well, now you know not to piss off a Turk. They go crazy!!