Ibrahim Hac─▒osmano─člu, president of Turkish S├╝per Lig club Trabzonspor, was upset with the referees after his teamÔÇÖs 2-2 draw against Gaziantepspor. So much so, he instructed stadium security not to let the refs out of the of building, holding them captive until 4 a.m. the next day, only releasing them after a call from the countryÔÇÖs President.

The Guardian has the details of the insane night:

The enraged club president, Ibrahim Hac─▒osmano─člu, ordered ├ça─čatay ┼×ahan and his assistant referees to be detained after Trabzonspor were denied a penalty in the final minutes of the top-flight match against Gaziantepspor, which ended 2-2.

Angry supporters gathered outside the stadium and the referees were locked in until the early hours of Thursday, when there was a personal intervention from [Turkey President Recep Tayyip] Erdo─čan, for whom Hac─▒osmano─člu said he had a ÔÇťbond of love and respectÔÇŁ.

ÔÇťI told stadium security not to let the referees leave until the morning, until I arrived, but a very important person called me and asked me not to cause embarrassment in Turkey and around the world. He promised the [penalty] incident would be investigated,ÔÇŁ Hac─▒osmano─člu said in a television interview with Do─čan news agency, referring to Erdo─čan.

The match kicked off at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, and the refs werenÔÇÖt escorted out until 4 a.m. Thursday morning. The Turkish Football Federation is investigating and released the following statement:

ÔÇťThis unlawfulness cannot be justified by any erroneous referee decision and has caused deep discomfort in the whole football world ÔÇŽ All efforts will be made to ensure that the related persons be tried not only under sports law but also criminal law.ÔÇŁ


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