Galatasaray celebrate Turkish title with victory

ANKARA (AFP) - Galatasaray celebrated their Turkish league title on Saturday by defeating Trabzonspor 2-0 in their final home game of the season.

The Istanbul giants had already guaranteed the championship on May 5 when they crushed Sivasspor 4-2.

"I congratulate my players and everyone who has a share in this championship," said coach Fatih Terim.

Terim watched the match from the stands because he was slapped in April with a nine-game ban by the Turkish Football Federation over a furious outburst against the referee during a league game.

The team's management earlier announced that there would be no celebrations because of last Saturday's bomb attacks in a Turkish town near the Syrian border which killed 51 people.

This year's victory for Galatasaray means a 19th title, breaking the deadlock with arch-rivals, and another Istanbul giant, Fenerbahce, who have won 18.