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Last Updated: Friday, 18 November 2005, 12:37 GMT
Swiss star expects ban for kick
Switzerland's Benjamin Huggel
Switzerland's Benjamin Huggel expects to be banned for kicking Turkey's assistant coach following his side's World Cup play-off victory.

The midfielder lashed out at Mehmet Ozdilek as he left the pitch amid ugly scenes which Fifa president Sepp Blatter has pledged to investigate.

"I am counting on a ban," Huggel told Germany's Bild newspaper.

However, he insisted he had only acted because Ozdilek had attempted to trip up one of his Swiss team-mates.

Bild and Turkish newspaper Vatan published images that appeared to prove Huggel's claim that Ozdilek had put his leg out to trip Valon Behrami.

Huggel, who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt, added: "I'm only happy that I came out of there alive."

Switzerland's goalkeeping coach Erich Burgener said he had been attacked by stewards in the stadium tunnel.

"It was unbelievable," Burgener told French sports daily L'Equipe.

You need to know we have a very different mentality
Turkey defender Hamit Altintop

"I was punched in the face and was hit on the hip. I was beaten up by stewards. When I saw four or five guys come and beat me while they were supposed to protect me, I got really scared."

Mayhem erupted in Istanbul after Turkey won the play-off second leg 4-2 but failed to reach the World Cup finals on away goals.

Missiles were thrown from the crowd and as the players ran for shelter in the tunnel, a fight broke out.

Television footage showed Turkish defender Alpay Ozalan kicking Swiss forward Marco Streller and Huggel grabbing Alpay round the neck.

Switzerland defender Stephane Grichting needed hospital treatment after being kicked in the stomach in the melee.

The Auxerre player needed a catheter inserted and will be out for up to 10 days.

"It was hell. I have never experienced something as brutal as that before," said Swiss defender Philipp Degen.

"Even the next day he had blood in his urine and terrible pains."

Turkey's Hamit Altintop told Bild he was ashamed the scenes were receiving worldwide coverage.

"You need to know we have a very different mentality. We are more emotional when we lose. We cannot lose," he said.

Interview: Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Turkey 4-2 Switzerland
16 Nov 05 |  Internationals


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