Attack near the stadium in Istanbul. the Turkish association canceled the home match of “Besiktas”.

The attack that took place in the center of the Turkish metropolis on Sunday, as a result of which at least six people were killed and 53 were injured, has its impact on football as well. The Turkish Association has canceled the first division match between Besiktas and Antalyaspor, which was scheduled for this evening (18.00) in Istanbul, and postponed it to a later date. Turkey’s non-qualifying championship played its last match before the tournament in Qatar this weekend.


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday’s blast on the popular Istiklal shopping street, near Vodafone Park, Besiktas’ home stadium, was a “sneaky attack”. Maybe it is wrong to talk about terrorism unequivocally, the president said. But the governor of the metropolis, Ali Yerlikaya, told him that “the smell of terrorism” is in the air. According to Erdogan, the explosion took place at 16:20 local time. Footage shared on social media showed a fireball in the middle of a busy street. The sound of the explosion was heard from neighboring districts.

Erdogan wishes the victims of the “bombing” God’s mercy, and the wounded a speedy recovery. The Turkish association chose similar words when it announced the cancellation of the Besiktas game and expressed its condolences to the relatives.

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