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Fenerbahce Riot: Soccer Fans Clash With Police In Istanbul After Turkish Championship Game (VIDEO)

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Fans of Istanbul's Fenerbahce soccer club clashed with police in Istanbul after the team tied rivals Galatasaray in the Turkish Super League Championship on Saturday.

The goalless game allowed Galatasaray to clinch the league title one point ahead of Fenerbahce. The BBC reports that police used pepper spray to disperse the rioting crowd of Fenerbahce fans that mobbed the field after the match, lighting flares and breaking and throwing plastic chairs.

Scroll Down For Video Of The Fenerbahce Riot

The video seen below was posted to YouTube on May 12, and shows fans clashing with police on the field after play has concluded. While The Huffington Post could not get official confirmation from the user that posted the video, computer graphics in it appear to announce Galatasaray's 18th Turkish Super League Championship, indicating its authenticity.

UPDATE: New Footage Of Fenerbahce Riot Surfaces

On Sunday, YouTube user PierreFootbaIl posted new footage of the Fenerbahce fan riot, some of which was taken from LigTV. This new video shows up-close scenes of fans throwing chairs at police and lighting flares, and incudes a shot of an overturned police car as fans spill onto the street.

Galatasaray won its last Turkish Super League title in 2008.

According to the Associated Press, "sports channel Lig TV said some Fenerbahce fans also fought with police outside the stadium, throwing stones at a police vehicle with a water cannon."

Earlier this year, Turkish soccer clubs including Fenerbahce were cleared of an alleged match-fixing scandal by Turkey's soccer federation.

WATCH: Fenerbahce Riot May 12, 2012

 
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