ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Hundreds of soccer fans stormed the field and clashed with police after the Turkish league championship.
The mayhem followed a 0-0 game Saturday that gave Galatasaray the title over rival Fenerbahce.
Fenerbahce fans broke plastic chairs and threw them at police. Police used their shields to protect the players at Fenerbahce’s Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. Police used pepper spray to disperse the fans and evacuated the stadium as players fled to locker rooms.
Thousands of Galatasaray fans took to the streets, honking car horns across the country to celebrate their team’s 18th league title. The victory comes days after Turkish soccer authorities cleared all teams implicated in an alleged match-fixing scheme.