Turkish Referee Who Survived Violent Attack Set to Officiate England vs. Slovakia Match at Euro 2024

As England gears up to face Slovakia in their last-16 tie at Euro 2024, all eyes are on the team’s performance.

With two draws and one win from their opening three games, the pressure is on Gareth Southgate’s side to deliver a decisive victory on Sunday.

The match will be held at the Arena AufSchalke, with Turkish referee Halil Umut Meler officiating.

Interestingly, the referee for this match, Halil Umut Meler, has a dramatic backstory.

Last December, he was brutally attacked by MKE Ankaragucu president Faruk Koca after a 1-1 draw against Caykur Rizespor in the Turkish Super Lig.

The incident saw Koca punching Meler in the face, followed by others kicking him while he was on the ground.

This attack left Meler hospitalized, sparking outrage in the football community.

The Fallout from the Attack

The Turkish Football Federation reacted strongly, suspending all leagues temporarily and fining Ankaragucu 60,000 euros.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino condemned the violence, and Turkish President Erdogan emphasized that sports should be about peace and brotherhood.

Koca eventually resigned, expressing deep embarrassment and hoping for a cultural change in Turkish football.

The Road to Recovery

Despite the violent incident, Meler has continued to officiate, bringing his experience from the Super Lig and international games to Euro 2024.

His presence in the upcoming England vs. Slovakia match adds an extra layer of intrigue, considering his recent past.

Backing England

With the backdrop of this dramatic referee story, England’s fans and players are rallying for a strong performance against Slovakia.

The Three Lions aim to silence their critics and advance further in the tournament.

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