Turkish President Erdogan apparently intervenes after soccer boss takes referees hostage

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Turkish President Erdogan apparently intervenes after soccer boss takes referees hostage

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A soccer referee and his assistants are locked in a stadium in Turkey overnight by an angry club boss who says he only released them because of the personal intervention of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

SHOWS: TRABZON, TURKEY (OCTOBER 29, 2015) (DHA – NO ACCESS TURKEY)

1. REFEREES AND TEAMS ENTRY AT TRABZONSPOR’S AVNI AKER STADIUM

2. VARIOUS OF RIOT POLICE

3. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TRABZONSPOR VICE-PRESIDENT YAKUP ASLAN SAYING:

“Our (national) president said we showed our reaction and this move was enough”

(REPORTER: ‘Is he coming, the president?’)

ASLAN: “No, but our fight will continue in other ways”

4. VARIOUS OF POLICEMEN ASSISTING REFEREES OUT OF STADIUM

5. RIOT POLICE

6. BUS CARRYING REFEREES LEAVING

7. POLICEMEN

8. PRESIDENT OF TRABZONSPOR, IBRAHIM HACIOSMANOGLU, GETTING OUT OF THE AIRPORT

9. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) PRESIDENT OF TRABZONSPOR, IBRAHIM HACIOSMANOGLU, SAYING:

“I gave the orders: ‘show Trabzonspor’s hospitality. Get him tea, coffee, a meal, but that referee will not leave the stadium until the morning, until I arrive there'”

10. EXTERIOR OF BUILDING

11.(SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) HACIOSMANOGLU SAYING:

“A very important person called me and asked me not to cause embarrassment in Turkey and around the world, but he said the mistakes would be investigated. So I called and said ‘those people who slaughtered us should be released without any physical interference’ and we allowed them to leave this city”

12. EXTERIOR OF STADIUM

STORY: The head of Turkish football club Trabzonspor locked four match officials in the stadium overnight for failing to award his team a penalty and only released them under escort from special forces after what he implied was a telephone call from President Tayyip Erdogan.

Enraged club president Ibrahim Haciosmanoglu ordered referee Cagatay Sahan and his assistants to be detained after Trabzonspor were denied the penalty in the dying minutes of their top flight tie with Gaziantepspor, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

An angry crowd of supporters gathered outside the stadium and the referees were locked in until the early hours of Thursday, when there was said to be a personal intervention from Erdogan, for whom Haciosmanoglu said he had a “bond of love and respect”.

“I gave the orders: ‘show Trabzonspor’s hospitality. Get him tea, coffee, a meal, but that referee will not leave the stadium until the morning, until I arrive there’,” Haciosmanoglu said after the officials were released.

“A very important person called me and asked me not to cause embarrassment in Turkey and around the world, but he said the mistakes would be investigated. So I called and said ‘those people who slaughtered us should be released without any physical interference’ and we allowed them to leave this city,” added the Trabzonspor president.

The referees were released after four hours and escorted to safety by Turkish special forces.

The Turkish Football Federation has opened an investigation into the incident and issued a statement saying: ‘This unlawfulness cannot be justified by any erroneous referee decision and has caused deep discomfort in the whole football world. All efforts will be made to ensure that the related persons be tried, not only under sports law but also criminal law.”

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