There were scenes of a borderline psychopathic nature in the Turkish third tier this past weekend when Amedsporlu (better known as Amed SK) met Sakaryaspor.
While the match ended in a 1-1 draw, it was more notable for the unhinged behaviour of Amed midfielder Mansur Calar, who was caught on camera deliberately slashing and hacking at his opponents with a hidden razor blade.
Indeed, the 33-year-old appeared to grin and grimace as he repeatedly cut and jabbed Sakaryaspor players in the most sneaky, cowardly fashion imaginable…
– New Dawn Sports (@yenisafakspor) 3 March 2019
After the final whistle, Sakaryaspor player Ferit Erisci took to Instagram from inside the dressing room to document some of the wounds both he and a couple of his teammates had sustained…
“These players who are allowed on the field, I hope you’ll see them,” Erisci wrote while taking care to tag the Turkish Football Federation into the caption.
According to the Daily Mail, Amed SK since issued a statement in which they claimed that the accusations being made against Calar are false and that the midfielder did not take a blade or sharp object onto the pitch specifically to harm opposing players.
— AMED SK (@AmedsporSK) 13 October 2018
The club also shared footage on social media of a livid mob of “rivals fans” attempting to storm the Amed dressing room after the match – conduct Amed chairman Nurullah Edemen reportedly denounced as “ugly, disgusting” and of an “immoral nationalistic [attitude]”, according to Kurdistan 24.
The relevant authorities are still deciding exactly what to do with Calar in terms of punishment, but as far as Pies are concerned (not very, granted) a lifetime ban from football should be a minimum.