Confusion as Galatasary star sent off for fighting teammate during tense match

Confusion as Galatasary star sent off for fighting teammate during tense match

  • It remains unclear what sparked the fight between Marcao and Kerem Akturkoglu during Galatasaray's vs Giresunspor
  • Footages from the incident showed Marcao walk up to Akturkoglu before headbutting him as he landed punches on the winger
  • It took the intervention of Galatasaray teammates to separate the pair, with Marcao getting the marching orders from the referee
  • Galatasaray went on to win the tie by a 2-0 scoreline, thanks to goals from ex-West Brom ace Mbaye Diagne and midfielder Alexandru Cicaldau

Galatasaray defender Marcao is staring at a 10-match ban after he fought his own teammate during a heated clash.

Marcao of Galatasaray leaves the pitch after receiving red card during the Turkish Super Lig. (Photo by Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Footages from the incident showed Marcao walk up to Akturkoglu before headbutting him as he landed punches on the winger. Photo by Hakan Burak Altunoz/Anadolu Agenc.
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The ugly scenes took place during the second half of Galatasaray's Turkish Super Lig meeting with Giresunspor.

According to SunSport, Galatasaray had established a 2-0 lead when Marcao appeared to get into a disagreement with Kerem Akturkoglu.

While it remains unclear what sparked the disagreement, footages from the incident showed Marcao make for Akturkoglu before headbutting and landing punches at the winger.

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In his defence, Akturkoglu only pushed away the defender before their teammates intervened to separate the pair.

The referee subjected the incident to a VAR check and went on to send off Marcao as his teammate escaped punishment.

Mirror UK reports despite Galatasaray being reduced to 10 men, they did manage to hold on to their 2-0 lead to secure all the points.

Speaking after the match, Galatasaray boss Faith Terim admitted he could not comprehend what occasioned the fight between his players.

"I don't understand the reason that pushed Marcao to do this. What did he do that made him so angry... Unfortunately, these things happen in football. They will continue to happen," Mirror UK quoted Terim saying.

The tactician went on to suggest the club would take disciplinary action against Marcao.

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"Kerem Akturkoglu, our young player, our precious. Stuff like this happens in the locker room, but it wasn't pretty," he added.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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