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 By PA Sport

Galatasaray appoint Igor Tudor to succeed Jan Olde Riekerink

Igor Tudor had previously been in charge of Karabukspor.

Galatasaray have appointed former Croatia and Juventus defender Igor Tudor as their new manager.

The 38-year-old was already working in the Turkish Super Lig as head coach of Karabukspor and a statement published on Galatasaray's official website said that compensation has been agreed.

Tudor, who has also managed his hometown club Hadjuk Split and PAOK Salonika, has been placed in charge of the Istanbul outfit until the end of the 2017-18 season.

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Galatasaray sack manager Jan Olde Riekerink

Jan Olde Riekerink during the Turkish Super Lig match between Galatasaray and Kayserispor.
Jan Olde Riekerink won the Turkish Cup while in charge of Galatasaray.

Galatasaray have parted company with Jan Olde Riekerink after less than a year in charge of the Turkish side, chairman Dursun Ozbek has said.

It is reported that former Juventus defender and current Karabukspor manager Igor Tudor is set to take charge although no appointment has been confirmed.

"After our board meeting, we decided to part ways with Riekerink and we've informed him about this decision," Ozbek told reporters. "We want to assign our new coach as soon as possible."

Appointed in March...

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Robin van Persie ban for controversial goal celebration reduced on appeal

Robin van Persie's goal celebration was deemed to be an insult to fans of the opposing team.

Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie has had a three-game ban, for sliding on his knees in front of Besiktas captain and former Arsenal teammate Oguzhan Ozyakup, reduced to two following appeal.

The incident took place during a Turkish Cup game which Fenerbahce won 1-0 thanks to a Van Persie goal.

The former Premier League winner had earlier been involved in an altercation with Ozyakup when Besiktas defender Dusko Tosic was sent off after being adjudged to have pushed Van Persie.

When former Netherlands...

 By Eren Sarigul

Fenerbahce stoke Besiktas rivalry with controversial Robin van Persie T-shirt

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho explains why his views on the Europa League have changed.
Robin van Persie celebrated his winner against Besiktas in front of former Arsenal teammate Oguzhan Ozyakup.

Fenerbahce stoked the flames of their rivalry with Besiktas by releasing a controversial T-shirt of their striker Robin van Persie just days after winning a fiery Istanbul derby 1-0 at the Vodafone Arena.

Tensions between the two clubs were already high following the game in the Turkish Cup that saw Fenerbahce eliminate Besiktas from the round of 16.

Van Persie, 33, was involved in a particularly controversial incident in the game when Besiktas defender Dusko Tosic was sent off after squaring up...

Bayer Leverkusen's Hakan Calhanoglu to serve four-month ban from FIFA

Gab Marcotti and Alexis Nunes break down the great business done by Leverkusen to sign Leon Bailey.
Hakan Calhanoglu will miss the rest of the season for Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu will serve a four-month ban imposed by FIFA for breach of contract.

The 22-year-old Turkey international must also pay €100,000 in compensation to Turkish club Trabzonspor, for whom he agreed to sign as a teenager, the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Thursday.

Calhanoglu was a youth player at Karlsruher when he was paid €100,000 after agreeing to sign for Trabzonspor in the future. But he never joined the club, instead extending his...