The rivalry between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce was once again accompanied by some loathsome behavior from the fans. After the 2-1 Fenerbahce win, one of their supporters was stabbed to death, allegedly by Galatasaray fans. During the match, a Fener fan reportedly waved a banana at Galatasaray's Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue.
Drogba later responded to the apparent racial taunt on Galatasaray's Facebook page, noting that both of Fenerbahce's goal were scored by Cameroon striker Pierro Webo. Said Drogba:
''You call me monkey but you cried when Chelsea beat Fenerbahçe in 2008, you called me monkey but you jumped in front of your screen when I won the Champions League, you called me monkey but you got mad when I became Champion with Galatasaray and the saddest thing is you called me monkey and forgot that you jumped my ''monkey'' brother scored twice yesterday… And you call yourself a true fan?? Check all the Galatasaray fans comments and learn from them…''
A man claiming to be the banana waver called in to a Turkish TV show and said the intent of his gesture was different from the way it was perceived. He also apologized, but not to Drogba or Eboue. From Reuters:
"I didn't wave the banana with the aim of racism, I just joined a jeering against (Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando) Muslera," the man said during a phone-in.
"I am not like that. I apologise to Fenerbahce and Galatasaray fans," he added.
Meanwhile, in Italy, Roma were fined just €50,000 for fans who racially abused Milan players, including Mario Balotelli, over the weekend.
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