Turkish coach recovering from attack

BY foxsports • September 15, 2010

The coach of a Turkish soccer team was recovering Wednesday after his brother jumped out of the crowd and stabbed him in front of thousands of shocked fans, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

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 crazed knifeman attacked Yurdu coach Yuksel Yesilova on the touchline.

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 daily said.

The alleged assailant was later revealed to be Yesilova's older brother, Murat Yesilova, who was taken into custody following Monday night'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.

Samsunspor is expected to be hit with a heavy penalty because of the violence at its Samsun 19 May's Stadium, which has a maximum capacity of 19,000 people.

The Turkish Football Federation has yet to rule on the result of the abandoned match. The two teams are in the second tier of Turkish soccer.