Football: Turkish police arrest 72 fans of Besiktas, Fernerbahce, Galatasaray for riots
ANKARA (AFP) - Turkish police Friday detained dozens of football fans after the pitch invasion that caused the abandonment of the weekend's Istanbul football derby between bitter rivals Galatasaray and Besiktas.
"This is an operation targeting fan groups of three football clubs Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray," Interior Minister Muammer Guler said in televised remarks.
"Seventy-two fans have been detained so far," he said.
Prosecutors accuse the three Istanbul clubs' fans of looting, possessing arms, aggressive behaviour toward security forces, and threatening football clubs for financial gains and of sparking chaos and violence if their demands are not fulfilled, said the interior minister.