Some stories you hear in this life! Turkish club, Trabzonspor president, Ibrahim Ethem Haciosmanoglu and some members of his board have been banned for locking a referee in his dressing room.

They punished the match official, Cagatay Sahan and his assistant because of his decision not to award their team a penalty late in last Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Gaziantepspor. They weren't released until Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan intervened.

"I told stadium security not to let the referees leave until the morning, until I arrived, but a very important person called me and asked me not to cause embarrassment in Turkey and around the world. " He later claimed on his club's website that the decision was borne out of the need to protect the official from being mobbed.

"Our goal was to protect the referees from the crowd in Trabzon. We also arranged for the referees to leave the city without any problems."

While Haciosmanoglu was handed 280 days ban and fined 150,000 Turkish lira (£34,250) by The Turkish Football Federation Uzunay others were fined amounts between £45,000 and £60,000. The club will also play two matches behind closed doors.


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