The Turkish football team president who punched a referee, and has since resigned, has been handed a lifetime ban by the country’s football federation.
Faruk Koca attacked referee Halil Umut Meler on Monday, after a 1-1 draw between his team and Caykur Rizespor in Turkey’s top league.
Meler, was left with a small fracture near his eye following the incident.
Koca later resigned as president of MKE Ankaragucu football club. He was arrested for causing injury to a public official and two other people are facing charges for kicking the referee.
The football federation had initially suspended all league games before announcing that matches will resume next Tuesday.
It also said Ankaragucu has been fined £54,000 and will have to play five home games without fans.
The incident prompted widespread condemnation, including from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and former top FIFA referee Pierluigi Collina, who described it as an example of “cancer” within football.
Buyukeksi said the attack was “unacceptable”, adding: “We will not allow attacks or disproportionate pressure on our referees, who are an important part of the game.”