Turkish FA halts league football after club president hits Super Lig.
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Turkish FA halts league football after club president hits Super Lig.

A referee was punched to the ground by a club president following a top-flight match on Monday, leading to the suspension of all leagues.

In a 1-1 Super Lig draw with Caykur Rizespor, MKE Ankaragucu president Faruk Koca struck Halil Umut Meler after his team conceded a 97th-minute equaliser.

Mehmet Buyukeksi, chairman of the Turkish FA [TFF], said that all league matches had been postponed indefinitely.

The attack is a night of shame for Turkish football, he said.

Infantino said violence has no place in sport or society and called the incident “totally unacceptable”.

“There is no football without match officials,” he said. “I call on the relevant authorities to ensure that referees, players, fans, and staff enjoy the game in a safe and secure environment.”

As Meler lay on the turf, he received several blows from others. He suffered a minor fracture as a result.

There were chaotic scenes involving players and club officials following the incident.

Turkish minister of internal affairs, Ali Yerlikaya, said Koca needed hospital treatment, but “detention procedures would take place after that”.

Yerlikaya said that others were arrested for their part in the incident, which he “strongly condemned”.

Fifa’s international games are officiated by Meler, 37, one of Turkey’s top referees. Also, he is a member of Uefa’s elite referee list.

Despite the bleeding around his left eye and the fracture in his left leg, he required hospital treatment, and the hospital’s chief physician, Dr Mehmet Yorubulut, said: “There is no life-threatening situation at present.”.

Due to head trauma, we will monitor our referee until morning. In the morning, he will be discharged from hospital following the necessary examinations.