- Bus was carrying 40 players and staff back from away game when it was attacked near the city of Trabzon
- Trabzon governor Abdulcelil Oz said the bus driver appeared to have been hit by a bullet
- Security officers on board were forced to take control of the bus and safely stopped it on Saturday night
The team bus carrying Fenerbahce players and coaching staff back from an away game was shot at on Saturday night.
Trabzon governor Abdulcelil Oz said the driver appeared to have been hit by a bullet, after initially stating he may have been hit by a stone.
Fenerbahce TV maintained the bus was attacked by an assailant with a shotgun. It said security officers on board quickly took control of the bus and safely stopped it after the driver was hit, averting an accident. None of the players were hurt.
Five round marks can be seen on the windscreen of the Fenerbahce team bus after the attack
The window nearest the driver was smashed during the attack on Saturday night
The injured driver, with blood seeping from a head wound, seeks help after the attack
‘The latest situation is that it appears to be a gun,’ said Oz. ‘It is too soon to say anything definite, but it appears to be a type of bullet fired by a rifle.’
Former Liverpool midfielder Dirk Kuyt was among 40 players and officials on board the coach which was attacked near the city of Trabzon.
The bus driver suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital. None of the players or club officials were reported to be injured.
The attack came hours after Fenerbahce’s 5-1 win over the Black Sea side Caykur Rizespor in the Super Lig.
Ashen-faced head coach Ismail Kartal surveys the damage to the team bus
Players and coaching staff survey the damage after the attack near the city of Trabzon
The bus driver was injured in the attack and was taken to hospital on Saturday night
The bus was going over a viaduct on its way from the city of Rize to the airport in Trabzon to return to Istanbul.
Fener general secretary Mahmut Uslu said on the club website the attack was ‘very wrong’, saying: ‘We come here to do sport, we come to play football.’
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Football Federation and Turkish clubs condemned the attack.
Local TV footage reportedly showed the damage to the team bus and a hole in the steering wheel
Meanwhile, Caykur Rizespor midfielder Ludovic Obraniak was taken to hospital with a suspected heart problem after being substituted after just 30 minutes before being taken for tests.
Caykur Rizespor revealed on social media that Obraniak was not in any immediate danger following preliminary tests.
There were fears that the 30-year-old, who is on loan from Bundesliga club Werder Bremen had suffered a heart attack but he appears to have given the all-clear.
Fenerbahce team went top of the table after their victory on Saturday, one point ahead of bitter rivals Galatasaray.
Moussa Sow celebrates after scoring for Fenerbahce during their 5-1 win on Saturday
Ludovic Obraniak (left) is currently on loan at Caykur Rizespor from German side Werder Bremen
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