Driver hurt as Fenerbahce team bus shot at after away game

Gunshots were fired at a bus carrying Turkey’s Fenerbahce football team back from their 5-1 victory over Black Sea side Rizespor on Saturday, the club said.

The driver was injured, but the players were unhurt.  

Several shots were aimed at the bus as the Turkish Super Lig leaders passed through the north-eastern town of Trabzon following their away game in nearby Rize, said the club’s vice-president Mahmut Uslu.  

The driver managed to bring the bus to a stop despite being wounded in the face, and was immediately taken to hospital in a police car, said Uslu, who was on the bus at the time.

He accused the attackers of trying to “crash the bus and kill the players”. 

“It’s unbelievable,” he told Turkish television.

Damaged windshield

None of the players were injured in the attack, which happened as they returned to Istanbul.  

Pictures of the bus showed a damaged windshield on the driver’s side.  

Trabzon governor Abdil Celil Oz confirmed the gun attack on the bus and said the driver’s life was not in danger. 

Sports Minister Cagatay Kilic described the attack as “cowardly and barbaric” but said the championship would go ahead as planned.

Source: AFP