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Istanbul football derby suspended amid violence

Istanbul, April 20: A Turkish Cup semi-final between two of the country’s biggest clubs was abandoned amid unprecedented chaos, after the Besiktas coach was struck by an object thrown from the stands, an incident that shows violence is still common in Turkish football stadiums despite police efforts.
Senol Gunes needed five stitches and was taken out on a stretcher on Thursday with a possible concussion and was kept overnight in a hospital. He was later discharged on Friday morning but will still have to receive further treatment. IANS

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