Turkish football coach Turhan Özyazanlar was beaten by fans after a team official posted anti-ISIS messages on social media.
The Hurriyet Daily reported:
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The coach of Sarıyer, a third-division football team headquartered on Istanbul’s Bosphorus, was beaten by fans after the team’s goalkeeper trainer posted messages on social media decrying atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Kobane.
A group of Sarıyer supporters attacked coach Turhan Özyazanlar on Oct. 14 outside the club’s facilities as he was trying to defend trainer Erdal Elgörmüş.
Ergörmüş, who was born in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern province of Diyarbakır, shared Facebook posts in favor of the Kurdish forces and standing against ISIL’s advance on Kobane, a Syrian town by the Turkish border.
Fans reacted negatively to the posts, asking Sarıyer’s management to remove Ergörmüş from duty. The attack on Özyazanlar at the club’s facilities came after the club’s management rejected the supporters’ demand to discharge Ergörmüş.
Özyaranlar was taken to hospital after the attack.