Postponed Istanbul derby to continue without fans May 3


An Istanbul derby football game called off last week due to violence will pick up where it left off next Thursday, but with no fans in attendance, the Turkish Football Federation ruled today.

The Fenerbahce-Besiktas match will pick up with the 57th minute on May 3.

The second leg of the Ziraat Turkish Cup semifinal on April 20 at Fenerbahce's home ground, Ulker Stadium, was called off by the referee after Besiktas manager Senol Gunes got injured by objects flung from the stands.

Gunes had to get several stitches to his head.

After the incident, Besiktas players and the referees left the pitch.

In additional penalties from the federation, Fenerbahce was ordered to play three matches without spectators.

Besiktas' Portuguese defender Pepe was banned for one match due to a red card, but he will be available for the weekend Besiktas-Galatasaray derby match.

Goalkeeper Tolga Zengin was also given a match ban due to his squabble with Fenerbahce fans.

The first leg at Besiktas' home ground, Vodafone Park, had ended 2-2.

Akhisarspor are the first squad to reach the cup final after eliminating Galatasaray.


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