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Turkish security guards disperse Besiktas fans celebrating league title

Turkish state security guards, known as night watchmen, fired gunshots into the air to disperse Besiktas fans late on Saturday (May 15) who were breaching COVID-19 lockdown to celebrate their team’s Turkish Super league title success.

Video released by Turkish social media newsfeed @KoronaReport, showed night watchmen, who have some policing powers, firing into air to quell the crowds.

Thousands of Besiktas fans flocked to the street late on Saturday, despite a 17-day coronavirus lockdown, to mark their team winning the league title for the 16th time. Besiktas secured the championship with a 2-1 win away to Goztepe, clinching the title on goal difference ahead of their Istanbul rivals Galatasaray in a tense end to the season.

The win lifted Besiktas to 84 points, level with Galatasaray who beat Yeni Malatyaspor 3-1. Besiktas’s goal difference of 45 was one better than their rivals. Third-placed Fenerbahce ended the season on 82 points.

(Production: Yesim Dikmen, Kemal Aslan)

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