Fenerbahce want Turkish championship suspended after gun attack on the team bus

  • Bus carrying 40 players and staff back from away game was attacked
  • Fenerbahce want Turkish championship halted while matter is resolved
  • The bus driver was wounded in the attack and taken to hospital 

Fenerbahce have called for the suspension of the Turkish championship following the gun attack on their team bus on Saturday.

The bus came under armed attack as it drove to the airport following an away match at Caykur Rizespor in Turkey's Super Lig.

Fener said on their official website the bus driver was wounded in the attack and taken to hospital and there was no mention of any injuries to anyone else.

Marks can be seen on the windscreen of the Fenerbahce team bus after the attack

Marks can be seen on the windscreen of the Fenerbahce team bus after the attack

The window nearest the driver was smashed during the attack on Saturday night

The injured driver, with blood seeping from a head wound, seeks help  after the attack

The injured driver, with blood seeping from a head wound, seeks help after the attack

A statement on the club's official website on Sunday said: 'We consider that as long as this attack is not solved in a way that satisfies Fenerbahce and public opinion, a suspension of the championship is inevitable.

'Blood ran and football was silenced. Finding and punishing the culprits is of vital importance for Fenerbahce.'

Following the incident, Fener midfielder Mehmet Topal told Sky News: 'We cheated death. God protect us. I hope our driver will be all right. Words fail me. It's unbelievable.'

The club posted several pictures of the bus on their website after the attack which showed a shattered side window and damage to the front windscreen.

Players and coaching staff survey the damage after the attack near the city of Trabzon

Fenerbahce coach Ismail Kartal (right) points to the bullet holes as a policeman inspects the damage 

Fenerbahce coach Ismail Kartal (right) points to the bullet holes as a policeman inspects the damage 

Local TV footage reportedly showed the damage to the team bus and a hole in the steering wheel

Local TV footage reportedly showed the damage to the team bus and a hole in the steering wheel

The pictures also showed blood on the driver's seat and the steering wheel.

The attack followed Fener's 5-1 win away to Rizespor.

The bus was going over a viaduct on its way from the city of Rize to the airport in Trabzon to return to Istanbul.

Fener general secretary Mahmut Uslu said on the club website the attack was 'very wrong', saying: 'We came here to play sport, we came to play football.'

The Turkish Football Federation released a statement condemning the attack.

 

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