Van Persie given two-game ban for taunting former team-mate

Fenerbahce's Robin van Persie has been banned for two matches after taunting former team-mate Oguzhan Ozyakup during his side's 1-0 win over Besiktas in the Turkish Cup round of 16.

Robin van Persie

Fenerbahce's Robin van Persie overtly celebrates after scoring during the Turkish Cup round of 16 match against Besiktas Source: Getty Images

The pair clashed twice during the contest, with Van Persie instigating the sending off of Dusko Tosic, before overtly celebrating his winner.



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Van Persie, 33, raced towards Ozyakup after scoring, before sliding on his knees in celebration beneath the nose of his former Arsenal team-mate.

"I was very good friends with a certain player on the field. That changed today. Sometimes you see the real face of a footballer on the field," Ozyakup said, after the incident.



Van Persie was originally given a three-game ban by the Turkish Football Federation, but it was reduced to two matches on appeal.


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Published 14 February 2017 at 11:26am
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