Fenerbahce fans try to ruin Arsenal players’ sleep ahead of UCL match

Whenever big competition comes to Istanbul, the rabid local fan bases are almost certain to drum up a storm around the visiting teams’ hotels, looking to interrupt the players’ sleep the night ahead of the matches. To be fair this “tradition” extends to certain fan bases all over the world, but Istanbul can get especially rowdy. For that reason, many clubs usually book two different hotels to try and throw off the troublemakers.

Arsenal, of course, didn’t do that. So after word spread on social media that the Gunners had taken up quarters in Istanbul’s Wyndham Hotel Kalamış, a mob of Fenerbahce fans duly swarmed over there and went to work, shooting dozens of flares and firecrackers into the night.

Amazingly, no Arsenal players were injured.

Of course, the fans’ “support” could all be for nothing. Fenerbahce has been expelled from all UEFA competition this season and is awaiting a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport today on their appeal. Should the suspension stand, Arsenal automatically goes through to the Champions League group stage.


Sneijder gets rockstar reception in Istanbul

It’s not every day that a world class player makes a move to Turkey’s Superliga, so when Wesley Sneijder arrived in Istanbul after his high profile switch to Galatasaray, you’d have thought the Beatles had come into town.

Check out the massive crowd that converged on Sneijder’s escort at the Istanbul airport! When Wes pops his head out of the car’s sunroof for a quick wave, several fans proceed to climb up the car to give their new hero a shake:

Let’s hope for Sneijder’s sake he can perform up to his billing. Only thing worse than a celebratory Turkish mob is an angry Turkish mob.

(Videos via ITV Sport)