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Fenerbahçe Protests Turkish Super Cup Final

Fenerbahçe’s U19 team walked off the pitch in the Turkish Super Cup final against Galatasaray in a dramatic protest. The incident occurred after Fenerbahçe decided to field their U19 team as a form of protest against the Turkish Football Federation, and shortly after conceding a goal to Mauro Icardi within the first minute of the match. This action led to Galatasaray being awarded the win, as the game was abandoned due to Fenerbahçe’s withdrawal from the field.

The protest was in response to several issues, including alleged unfair treatment by the Turkish Football Federation and a recent on-field brawl during a Turkish Super Lig game against Trabzonspor, where Fenerbahçe players were attacked. The club had requested the Super Cup final be postponed ahead of their Europa Conference League quarterfinal against Olympiakos Piraeus, but this request was denied. The Super Cup match had already been rescheduled from its original date in December.

Fenerbahçe’s decision to field their U19 team and then walk off the pitch in protest has sparked significant discussion and debate within the football community. The club’s president, Yıldırım Ali Koç, has spoken out about a “rebellion” against the perceived injustices faced by the club.