Fenerbahçe guarantees trophy three weeks in aance

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- It was finalized that Fenerbahçe won 19th Turkish league title after a 0-0 home draw against ÇaykurRizespor on Sunday, securing the trophy of the Super Toto League three weeks before the end of the season to prompt wild celebrations in Istanbul.

The game against Rizespor was played in a stadium packed with more than 50,000 women and children younger than 12 years old due to adult males being banned following crowd trouble.

But thousands of fans took to the streets to celebrate, waving flags and singing songs while fireworks were seen exploding all over the Bosphorus strait.

“It’s really a very special moment in my life. It’s a great victory, not only for me but the whole club. We are experiencing truly special feelings after all the club went through,” Fenerbahçe forward Dirk Kuyt told reporters, referring to the match-fixing case hanging over the club.

Fenerbahçe chairman Aziz YIldIrIm faces a probable return to prison after his appeal against a conviction for match-fixing was rejected by a top court this month.

oach Ersun Yanal, in his first year in charge of Fenerbahçe, secured the title thanks to the outstanding performances of African strikers Emmanuel Emenike and Moussa Sow.

“I am very proud of the team and thank everyone, especially our chairman. We showed once again that Fenerbahçe is pure and strong,” Yanal told reporters.