Nigeria’s Osayi-Samuel escapes sanction as two other teammates receive one-game ban

Nigeria’s Osayi-Samuel escapes sanction as two other teammates receive one-game ban

Super Eagles defender Bright Osayi-Samuel has avoided any sanction for his part in the violent incident that ensued at the end of a Turkish Super Lig match between Fenerbahce and Trabzonspor last month.

The former Blackpool and Queens Park Rangers fullback has been let off the hook following a disciplinary hearing after he was summoned by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) earlier this week.

The 26-year-old, along with a number of teammates, fended off angry Trabzonspor supporters in a violent outbreak after the end of their match at Papara Park on March 17, which Fenerbahce won thanks to a late strike from Michy Batshuayi.

Although the Nigerian has now been cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident, the same was not the case for two of his teammates, as Dutch defender Jayden Oosterwolde and Turkish goalkeeper İrfan Can Eğribayat got the wrong side of the stick with a one-match ban each.

This comes after members of Fenerbahce voted against a proposed withdrawal from the Turkish Super Lig on Tuesday after the 19-time champions revealed in March that they would consider pulling out of the country’s top-flight division following the attack on their players.

Club chairman Ali Koc said after the meeting that the least preferred option was to withdraw from the league as they believe that they would have to deal in the lower league with the same things they face in the Super League. He added that they were taking the withdrawal option “off the table until the general assembly at the end of the season.”

Following the TFF’s ruling, Trabzonspor, on the other hand, will have to play six games behind closed doors without their fans.

Fenerbahce are second in the Super Lig with 82 points, two points behind leaders Galatasaray, after they beat Adana Demirspor 4-2 on Wednesday.

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