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Controversy has erupted over Galatasaray’s possible break of its foreign players quota during the win over Kasımpaşa.

Some pundits and rival fans claimed the Lions had seven foreign players on the pitch – more than the allotted six - for a few seconds.

Coach Fatih Terim substituted Hamit Altıntop and Swedish Johan Elmander in the 74th minute, bringing Brazilian Felipe Melo and Sercan Yıldırım in. Former referee Ahmet Çakar claimed that Hamit left the pitch for Melo to create an overflow of the foreign player quota, while his German counterpart Markus Merk said there was no problem.

Fans of Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş, Galatasaray’s rivals, took it to social media, crying foul over the incident.

Replays showed that the game did not restart before both players left the pitch, and Melo waited for Elmander to come off.

August/22/2012

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Dr. Prof. Novnesense

8/22/2012 11:12:05 AM

The fellow is talking nonsense! I feel that we are going to see many so called incidents at the start of the season so that our friends at Digiturk can get more subscribers.

DutchTurk JANICAR

8/22/2012 12:42:15 AM

Ahmet Cakar and his populist attitude need to be shut as soon as possible. He is doing the Turkish football harm by provoking the fans every weekend, causing new rows. Ahmet Cakar, former referee aka "mister: i know everything since i am a doctor" :D
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