Baytar banned for 11 matches
Galatasaray winger Engin Baytar has been banned for 11 matches for pushing a referee during their Super Cup win over Fenerbahce last week.
The midfielder, who has made three international appearances for Turkey, was sent from the field for shoving Euro 2012 referee Cuneyt Cakir after his decision to award a controversial equaliser to Fenerbahce in the 65th minute of the match.
In addition to the suspension, the Turkish Football Federation's Professional Soccer Discipline Committee also fined Baytar 20,000 Turkish Lira (9,000 euros).
Galatasaray won the match 3-2.
Manager Abdurehim Albayrak said that he thought the punishment was harsh and the club would appeal the decision.
"We accept that, but 11 games is really is not right. We will (go) to the Board of Arbitration to appeal the sentence," he said.
Galatasaray and Fenerbahce were also fined 75,000 Turkish Lira (33,800 euros) and 15,000 Turkish Lira (6,700 euros) respectively after their fans were found guilty of interrupting the match by throwing fireworks and missiles onto the field of play.
Trabzonspor Chairman Sadri Sener was also sentenced to 21 days of deprivation of rights as a result of unsporting behaviour.
The Super Lig gets under way this weekend with reigning champions Galatasaray facing newly-promoted Kasimpasa.