A game between two Turkish wheelchair basketball teams took an ugly turn this past weekend, when a riot broke out among fans of the bitter rivals.
According to EuroNews, fans of both the Galatasaray and Besiktas clubs threw missiles at each other on the court before police intervened with tear gas to disperse the crowd. Ten fans were arrested the following day, with several players injured and many wheelchairs and other equipment damaged.
According to the BBC, Galatasaray and Besiktas are two of Turkey's "big three" sports clubs, along with Fenerbahce. The rivalry between the teams has a history of violence, especially in soccer; back in April, Galatasaray defender Emmanuel Eboue was pelted with water bottles and projectiles thrown by Besiktas fans -- the second such incident that season.
As EuroNews notes, fans of the "big three" are banned from attending away games between these clubs at soccer and basketball games in order to avoid such hooliganism. While the regulation doesn’t apply to other sports, wheelchair basketball will most likely be considered for inclusion in the ban after last weekend's incident.
Galatasaray coach Sedat Incesu is among those calling for the ban to be widened toward wheelchair basketball, condemning the actions of the visiting fans of his team's rival.
"Besiktas supporters should not have been allowed into the stands. Who will pay the price for the injured athletes and supporters?" Incesu said, according to Metro. "If hooligans are now seen in wheelchair basketball stands then we have nothing else to say, it is over … Sports are now officially dead in this country."