Football in Turkey suspended until further notice

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Turkey: Attack on referee

Professional football in Turkey has been suspended after a main referee was punched to the ground by a club president at the end of a match in the country's highest league.

Halil Umut Meler was attacked at the final whistle and hit in the face by MKE Ankaragucu president Faruk Koca, sparking a melee of players and officials either joining the chaos or trying to intervene.

Ankaragucu fans also invaded the field after the game and Meler was kicked in head when he fell.

He (Meler) was helped to the locker room with the help of police.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) condemned the attack and announced all matches will be suspended indefinitely, while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said sports are about "peace and brotherhood".

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