Football: Fan rampage stops Galatasaray, Besiktas derby

Besiktas football team supporters fight with Anti riot police officers during the Turkish super league football match Besiktas vs Galatasaray on September 22, 2013, at the Ataturk stadium in Istanbul.  The high-profile Istanbul derby between bit
Besiktas football team supporters fight with Anti riot police officers during the Turkish super league football match Besiktas vs Galatasaray on September 22, 2013, at the Ataturk stadium in Istanbul.  The high-profile Istanbul derby between bitter rivals Galatasaray and Besiktas was abandoned on Sunday when fans invaded the pitch, throwing seats at tear gas-firing police. -- PHOTO: AFP 

ANKARA (AFP) - The high-profile Istanbul derby between bitter rivals Galatasaray and Besiktas was abandoned on Sunday when fans invaded the pitch, throwing seats at tear gas-firing police.

There were just two minutes left when supporters of Besiktas, who were losing 2-1 at the time, clashed with police, the private NTV television reported.

Fighting began after Galatasaray midfielder Felipe Melo had been red-carded in the second minute of injury time.

Fans chanted: "Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is resistance," referring to a well-known slogan of the Gezi Park protests that rocked Turkey in June.

Besiktas's fan club, Carsi Group, led the anti-government protests sparked by a local campaign to save Istanbul's central Gezi Park from demolition and broadened into nationwide demonstrations against the ruling party, seen as increasingly authoritarian.