‘It is unacceptable anywhere’ – Samuel Osayi clamours for strict rules following Trabzonspor fans’ invasion

Super Eagles full-back Bright Osayi-Samuel has issued a plea for enhanced player protection following violent altercations involving fans.

His call comes after a regrettable incident during the clash between Fenerbahçe and Trabzonspor in Turkey before the international break.

Fenerbahçe clinched a 3-2 win over Trabzonspor during a league fixture last week Sunday before the international break.

This victory narrowed the gap between Fenerbahçe and league leaders Galatasaray to two points while further distancing Trabzonspor with 30 points.

However, the match was marred by clashes between players and some Trabzonspor fans, prompting Osayi-Samuel and his teammates to defend themselves against the aggression.

Osayi-Samuel on incident

In a conversation with Adepoju Samuel on X following Nigeria’s match against Mali in Morocco, Osayi-Samuel disclosed further details of the on-field altercation, shedding light on the circumstances leading up to the viral moment on social media.

“I think they should have abandoned the game. Our keeper was hit with an object and he was bleeding. Minutes after, it was a free kick and they scored from it. How can that happen? We had to defend ourselves because it was crazy,” Osayi-Samuel stated.


On today’s episode of my chat with the Super Eagles players, I caught up with Bright Osayi-Samuel in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Bright shared his experience in the ugly incident before the international break in the Turkish League.

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Despite the appreciation shown by Fenerbahçe fans, including murals honouring his actions, Osayi-Samuel emphasized the need for enhanced protection for players against such incidents.

“It is unacceptable anywhere when it becomes violent and players start fighting back. The players fighting back is justified because some of these fans are armed.

“If one of our players gets hurt, it’s not just the clubs that would have a problem, but the league as a whole.”

“Players wouldn’t want to come to a place where they don’t feel safe and can get hurt. Objects thrown on the pitch are everywhere, not just in Turkey, but when it becomes excessive, the referee has to stop the game,” he added.

Osayi-Samuel notably contributed three goals and one assist in sixteen league games so far this season.