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Reported terror threat postpones marquee soccer game in Turkey

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 20 Mar 2016

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Sunday’s scheduled Super Lig soccer game between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce has been postponed in the wake of the terror attack that rocked Istanbul on Saturday.

A suicide bomber killed four and injured 36 more in the city’s main shopping street.

More than 50,000 fans were expected to attend what is the highest-profile game on the Turkish football calendar.

“In accordance with the decision of the Istanbul Governor’s Office, the planned Galatasaray – Fenerbahce game has been postponed to a later date following consultation with both clubs,” read a government statement.

Galatasaray later released a club statement confirming the postponement which read: “Due to security concerns based on information provided by the TFF, Istanbul council and police force, tonight’s match has been postponed.”

Fenerbahce is currently second in the Super Lig standings, while Galatasaray is 20 points behind its fierce rivals in fifth.

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