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Former MKE Ankaragucu Football Team President Faruk Koca Gets Permanent Ban For Punching Referee

The federation also said Ankaragucu have been fined 2 million lira ($69,000) and will have to play five home games without fans

Faruk Koca gets permanent ban for punching Referee Halil Umut Meler in the face after match on Monday
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The former president of a Turkish football team who punched a referee on the field moments after a game has been permanently banned by the Turkish Football Federation. (Football News)

The federation late on Thursday said that it banned Faruk Koca, who has resigned as president of MKE Ankaragucu, for punching referee Halil Umut Meler on Monday night.

Meler, who was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday with a small fracture near his eye, was attacked shortly after the final whistle of a 1-1 draw between Ankaragucu and Caykur Rizespor in Turkey's top league.

Koca was arrested for causing injury to a public official, and two other people face charges for kicking the referee.

The federation had initially suspended all league games in response to the incident before announcing that matches would resume next Tuesday in Turkey, which has been selected to co-host the 2032 European Championship with Italy.

Koca's resignation was announced on Ankaragucu's website.

The federation also said Ankaragucu have been fined 2 million lira ($69,000) and will have to play five home games without fans.

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