Ankara - Trabzonspor chairman Ibrahim Haciosmanoglu and
several of the top-flight Turkish club's board members have been given lengthy
bans after a referee was locked in the dressing room for several hours at their
Last week, Haciosmanoglu locked four match officials in the
stadium overnight for failing to award his team a penalty, only to release them
under escort from special forces after a phone call from President Tayyip
The Turkish Football Federation announced on Wednesday that
Haciosmanoglu had been suspended from carrying out his official functions for
280 days and fined 150,000 lira ($53,000).
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It also ordered the club to play two matches behind closed
An enraged Haciosmanoglu had ordered referee Cagatay Sahan
and his assistants to be detained after Trabzonspor were denied a penalty in
the dying minutes of their Turkish league match with Gaziantepspor that ended
in a 2-2 draw.
Haciosmanoglu later explained his reasons for detaining the
officials in a statement on the club website, saying the measures were taken to
protect them from the angry crowd.
Trabzonspor supporters had gathered outside the stadium and
the officials were locked in until the early hours of Thursday, when there was
a personal intervention from Erdogan, for whom Haciosmanoglu said he had a
"bond of love and respect".
Two board members were given bans of 410 days and six others
were banned for a year as well as being fined.For
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