Ankara: Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim is facing a 10-match suspension for criticising the referee during his side's league match against Mersin.
Terim, who leads the Istanbul club in their return leg Champions League quarterfinal match against Real Madrid Tuesday, was banished to the stands with a number of his coaching staff during Saturday's game, which Galatasaray won 3-1, Xinhua reports.
The manager, visibly angry, at one point went on to the pitch, grabbed the matchball and violently threw it to show his anger about a string of decisions.
Newspapers Hurriyet and Vatan, quoting the official match report, said Terim insulted the referee and a Turkish football federation (TFF) representative.
The TFF was expected to make a decision on the incident in the coming days and could impose a severe sanction.