The match, which ended in a 1-1 draw between Ankaragucu and Rizespor, witnessed shocking aggression from the local club's president, who is also a prominent politician. It is alarming to report that following the match, the president of Ankaragucu attacked referee Halil Umut Meler.
Regarded as one of the best referees in Turkey, Meler was not only attacked but suffered a blow to the face, causing him to fall to the ground. The incident then escalated as several local staff members joined the assault against him.
Following this act of violence, the Turkish government has reacted with astonishment. An unprecedented action has been taken as a result; all football matches across the country have been put on hold for an indefinite period.
The referee union has also responded to the incident. They have shown solidarity by declaring that no officials will return to the field until further notice. This direct action underlines the severity of the incident and the need for safety assurance.
The main thrust of the attack was carried out by the club president of Ankara. It is also worth noting that certain players from the same club were involved in this violence.