You know soccer hooliganism has gotten WAY out of control when the fans start attacking their own siblings. In this case, Yuksel Yesilova (who coaches the Yurdu team, of course) was minding his own business on the sidelines when a rabid fan jumped down from the stands and stabbed him six times. That fan, of course, turned out to be his own brother who, according to Yesilova, has some mental problems.
The good news? Coach Yesilova is expected to make a full recovery.
The bad news? Things will be really awkward at the Yesilova house this Christmas.
Below is video of the aftermath of the incident (not the stabbing itself.) Details from The Herald Sun:
The TFF First League match between Mersin Idman Yurdu and Samsunspor, in the northern Turkish port city of Samsun, was halted in the 40th minute when the Yurdu coach Yuksel Yesilova was attacked on the touchline, The Hurriyet Daily News reported.
Mr Yesilova was stabbed six times, once in the stomach and five times in the hip, as fans looked on in disbelief. He was rushed to a local hospital but the injuries were not life-threatening, the Turkish newspaper said.
The alleged assailant was later revealed to be Yesilova’s older brother, Murat Yesilova, who was taken into custody following Tuesday’s ambush. “In his first statement to the police he said he did it because of personal issues,” Samsun Governor Huseyin Aksoy told the Anatolia news agency.