Flare in behind-closed-doors match between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe in empty stadium
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VIDEO: Flare delivered by parachute in behind-closed-doors match between Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe

Pause in play as pyrotechnic makes its way onto the pitch despite a lack of fans.

A feisty derby clash involving Istanbul rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe was halted when a flare was launched into the stadium, even though supporters were prevented from attending due to ongoing coronavirus guidelines.

There were eleven yellow cards in Fenerbahçe’s 0-0 draw at Galatasaray’s Türk Telekom Stadium on Sunday in the early stages of the Turkish Süper Lig season.

Just your average Istanbul derby 🔥🇹🇷

🎥 @beINSPORTS_TR pic.twitter.com/1aflEFoCCK

— 433 (@433) September 27, 2020

Stoppage in play during the Galatasaray-Fenerbahce match due to flares thrown onto the pitch. There are no fans in attendance. The flare came from the outside. from soccer

In just the 7th minute, the officials became aware of a flare slowly drifting down from the roof of the ground – apparently aided by a small, makeshift parachute.

Referee Ali Palabıyık brought play to a stop while it was removed from the pitch and extinguished.

O an. pic.twitter.com/FTKOMfXw3V

— De Marke Sports #YanındayızCan (@demarkesports) September 27, 2020

Despite no fans in attendance for the Galatasaray vs Fernerbahce derby…

Someone still managed to get a flare on the pitch 😂 pic.twitter.com/rb3kzffPBg

— MansionBet (@MansionBet) September 27, 2020