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Turkish footballer kicks opponent in the face: is charged with attempted manslaughter

This makes Duncan Ferguson look like a pussycat.

An amateur football match on Sunday in Turkey saw a truly shocking act of violence after a player was sent off before then kicking his prone opponent in the face.

The match was between Dallicaspor and Sanayispor, playing in the Nazilli district of Turkey's western Aydin province. Dallicaspor's Kayhan Karakaş shoulder barged Sanayispor's Mehmet Değirmenci, who then responded with a petulant kick to Karakaş' legs. Naturally, the referee immediately issued a red card, to which Değirmenci responded by seeing the red mist, walking over to Karakaş, and booting him in the face.

A melee ensued, before Değirmenci was escorted off the pitch by a trainer. Karakaş attempted to play on, but due to dizziness and nausea, had to stop. He also revealed that he had briefly blacked out after the incident.

Due to the severity of his actions, Değirmenci was subsequently expelled from the club and Karakaş, who received nine stitches in his lip at a local hospital, has pressed charges for 'attempted manslaughter'.

"Thank god that kick came near my jaw. If it had hit me directly in the face, it could have broken my nose, made me blind or [broken] my neck," Karakaş said.

He also revealed that he has been suffering from serious neck pain and hasn't been able to sleep since the incident.

For his part, Değirmenci told the press that Karakaş cursed at his late mother during the shoulder barge incident, before admitting that he could not control himself once he had been given a red card.

There is an international precedent for criminal punishment for on-field action: Rangers' Duncan Ferguson was convicted for assault after headbutting John McStay in a 1994 Scottish match. As it was his fourth such offence, he received a three month jail sentence.

[Via Daily Sabah]

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