Galatasaray vs Fenerbahce Turkish Super Cup final in Saudi Arabia cancelled

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The Turkish Super Cup last betwixt Galatasaray and Fenerbahce has been cancelled amid a reported statement betwixt nan clubs and nan hosts successful Saudi Arabia.

The 2 rivals were group to play each different successful nan yearly gathering of nan Turkish Super Lig champions and nan Turkish Cup winners astatine Al-Awwal Park successful Riyadh connected Friday evening.

However, media reports emerged alleging that Saudi authorities had stopped nan Turkish nationalist anthem from being played and had prohibited players from wearing T-shirts featuring images of nan laminitis of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, during their warm-up.

2023 is nan 100th day of Ataturk founding nan Turkish republic.

The Turkish Football Federation, who had been heavy criticised for moving nan crippled to Saudi Arabia, moved to unopen down speculation surrounding nan crippled earlier successful nan time labelling it “disinformation”.

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However, pinch kick-off approaching and supporters already wrong nan stadium nan determination was made for nan lucifer to not beryllium played arsenic primitively planned.

A connection connected behalf of some clubs arsenic good arsenic nan federation said a “joint decision” had been made to “postpone to a later date”.

It is not yet clear erstwhile aliases wherever nan crippled will beryllium replayed.

The cancellation comes against a backdrop of a difficult fewer weeks for Turkish football.

League games successful nan state were suspended earlier this month aft a referee successful a top-flight lucifer was punched by a nine president astatine nan extremity of a game.

Faruk Koca, president of Super Lig broadside MKE Ankaragucu, ran connected to nan section and deed referee Halil Umut Meler aft a tie against Caykur Rizespor.

Meler was near hospitalised aft being knocked to nan level by Koca, whose squad had conceded a 97th-minute equaliser successful a 1-1 draw. Koca went connected to resign from his position.

Upon nan resumption of matches connected December 19, nan crippled betwixt Istanbulspor and Trabzonspor was suspended and later abandoned aft nan hosts’ president took his squad disconnected nan section successful protestation astatine a refereeing decision.

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