Bright Osayi Samuel Recounts Ordeal With Trabzonspor Supporters, Offers His Own Story

Bright Osayi Samuel Recounts Ordeal With Trabzonspor Supporters, Offers His Own Story

Babajide Orevba
March 29, 2024 at 3:35 PM
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  • Bright Osayi-Samuel has offered his side of the story as Trabzonspor vs Fenerbahce ended in a brawl
  • The Nigerian international was captured hitting one of the fans who invaded the pitch after the game
  • Osayi-Samuel explained that the home fans were upset because the visiting team celebrated the win

Bright Osayi-Samuel has narrated all that transpired shortly after Fenerbahce defeated Trabzonspor right inside the Akyazı Stadium on March 17.

A number of the home team supporters invaded the pitch in their bid to attack the visiting players who celebrated their win.

Fred had netted a brace for the visitors in the first half, but Enis Bardhi and Trezeguet scored each in the second half to put the game at 2-2.

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Bright Osayi-Samuel says Trabzonspor fans were hostile to Fenerbahce. Photo Credit: Serkan Hacioglu.
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However, Michy Batshuayi struck in the 87th minute to silence the home fans, as tension continued to brew. As soon as the referee sounded the final whistle, Fenerbahce players celebrated right on the pitch, leaving the home fans 'boiling', GOAL reports.

Some fans then raced onto the pitch as the scenario degenerated into a brawl. The visiting team made efforts to defend themselves as Osayi-Samuel was captured in a face-off with one of the irate fans.

In a chat with sports journalist Tobi Adepoju, the defender said the game should have been abandoned.

He said, as per Oganla Media.

"It was a moment I'd never experienced in my life before. Turkey is known to be hostile with some games which is normal, but there it was crazy.
"For me, I think they should have abandoned the game because our keeper was hit with an object. Minutes later, there was a free kick and they scored from it.
"I think that was what instigated things and at the end of the game, we managed to win.
"We were celebrating and that was when I started seeing fans complaining that we were celebrating in their stadium. That was when we decided to defend ourselves."

Police detain Trabzonspor fan

Sports Brief earlier reported that the father of a Trabzonspor fan, who is in police custody, blamed Nigeria's Bright Osayi-Samuel and his Fenerbahce teammates for his son's ordeal.

Security operatives rushed onto the field and had to protect the visiting team as they headed toward the tunnel.

Police officers have since launched an investigation and a fan has been detained, leaving his father fuming.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.