WATCH: Trabzonspor fans invade pitch and get manhandled by a footballer

A volatile scene unfolded in Turkey as Trabzonspor fans launched an attack on Fenerbahce’s players, escalating tensions after their Super Lig showdown.

After former Manchester United player Fred scored twice, Michy Batshuayi scored the game-winning goal in the closing moments to give Fenerbahce a 3-2 victory.

After the final whistle, a number of Trabzonspor fans stormed the field and assaulted the Fenerbahce players. The players were forced to defend themselves.

Batshuyai’s late victory intensified the enmity within the Papara Park stadium as fans started throwing things onto the field.

Before the violent circumstances became worse, Fenerbahce’s players celebrated as a team in the center of the field after securing three points.

A lone fan started the altercation by dodging stewards and running straight for the stars who were celebrating in the middle of the field. The situation deteriorated as more fans breached security, rushing onto the pitch.

The situation became worse when a large number of people started to rush straight onto the field and get past the barriers.

Social media users shared videos of another fan running straight toward former Crystal Palace and Chelsea player Batshuayi. The Belgian striker took immediate action, using his heel kick to connect with the fan.

Images on social media seemingly showing a fan wielding a weapon amid the horrific events made it alarmingly evident that there was a chance for significant harm to have been committed during the incident.

When the players from Fenerbahce attempted to re-enter the space of the changing rooms, they were protected by security personnel. Fenerbahce manager Ismail Kartal said after the game that his players had been assaulted and had not incited the crowd.

Trabzonspor manager Abdullah Avci agreed that the occurrences were distressing, echoing Kartal’s sentiments.

Turkey’s interior minister Ali Yerlikaya spoke against the violence and revealed that an investigation to find the perpetrators had already begun.

Writing on X, he stated: “After the Trabzonspor-Fenerbahçe football match played this evening, identification efforts regarding the spectators entering the field and an investigation into the events that took place after the match were immediately launched. Sports is, above all, sportsmanship. It is never acceptable for violence to occur on football fields.”

The developments regarding this case will be communicated to the public.