Police arrest two in connection with shooting on Fenerbahce bus

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Police arrested two people on Tuesday in connection with shooting at the Fenerbahce football club’s team bus over the weekend.

The shooting was an incident which has pushed the Turkish Super Lig to cancel play for a week.

“Police acted on information received from the public and after locating a weapon,” AbdilCelil Oz, the governor of Trabzon province, where the incident took place, was quoted as saying by the Dogan news agency.

One man is accused of tracking the bus and relaying information over the phone, while a second man is said to have pulled the trigger.

The suspects are aged 27 and 38.

The team’s driver was injured in the attack, but no player was harmed.

Turkish Football Federation chief, Yildirim Demiroren, has since canceled play for a week.

This was after Fenerbahce said the club would not take part in another league game until the authorities found the people behind the attack.

The bus came under fire in the city of Trabzon after Fenerbahce won 5-1 over Caykur Rizespor.

Turkish media outlets pointed to the strong rivalry between Fenerbahce and local team Trabzonspor as a motive for the attack.

In 2011, Fenerbahce were implicated in a match-fixing scandal which led to the team being sanctioned by UEFA, including a ban on participating in the next Champions League season.

Trabzonspor fans felt they should have been awarded the 2011 title as their club came second behind Fenerbahce, who were not stripped of the title.

dpa/NAN.