Bright Osayi-Samuel: Star Faces Disciplinary Hearing After Fenerbahce's Clash With Trabzonspor Fans

Bright Osayi-Samuel: Star Faces Disciplinary Hearing After Fenerbahce's Clash With Trabzonspor Fans

Robert Abong'o
updated at April 2, 2024 at 6:47 AM
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  • Nigerian star, Bright Osayi-Samuel, and two teammates are facing a disciplinary hearing
  • Turkey's Football Federation said this followed the clash with Trabzonspor pitch invaders
  • Violence erupted after Fenerbahce's 3-2 victory over Trabzonspor in the Turkish Super Lig

Nigerian defender, Bright Osayi-Samuel, and two teammates are reportedly set to attend a disciplinary hearing convened by the Turkish Football Federation.

This is after their physical confrontation with Trabzonspor fans in a heated Turkish Super Lig derby on March 17. Chaos ensued after the visiting team won the game.

Nigeria and Fenerbahce's Bright Osayi-Samuel in a past match. Photo: Michael Bulder.
Fenerbahce defender, Bright Osayi-Samuel, is set for a disciplinary hearing with Turkey's Football Federation after the Trabzonspor incident. Photo: Michael Bulder.
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Fenerbahce were cruising in the game after taking a 2-0 lead in the first half. However, they were pegged back by a resilient Trabzonspor side, who levelled matters in the 78th minute.

Former Chelsea striker, Michy Batshuayi, then scored the winner for the Yellow Canaries, with the home supporters furious. Chaos ensued shortly after when local fans invaded the pitch.

In the midst of the chaos, Osayi-Samuel reportedly engaged in a physical altercation with one of the fans. Dutch defender, Jayden Oosterwolde, was also accused of kicking the same fan, as reported by SuperSport.

Another player and two club staff members will also be subject to disciplinary proceedings for their involvement in the altercation, as stated by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF). A Trabzonspor assistant coach is also slated to appear before the disciplinary board.

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Osayi-Samuel speaks on Trabzonspor incident

The 26-year-old Nigerian defender recently broke his silence about his altercation at the Papara Park in Trabzon, stating outright that his actions were in self-defence.

"If someone comes at you with a knife in his hand, how can this not be self-defence? They came to the field from the stands. I only had to defend my team and my friends there. Many of my teammates were coming into the locker room with cuts and bruises," Osayi-Samuel said, as reported by Complete Sports.

The chaotic scenes at the stadium eventually saw Fenerbahce players ushered into the tunnel by a team of security personnel.

Fenerbache fans honour Osayi-Samuel with mural

Sports Brief also reported that Osayi-Samuel received love from Fenerbahce fans for his bravery at the end of the Trabzonspor game.

He stopped his attacker with a quick reaction, which saw fans immortalising the player with graffiti images on walls in the Turkish capital.

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