Besiktas new boy Pepe scores on his league debut against Antalyaspor… but nobody is there to see as fans were banned due to Super Cup violence and have to celebrate outside instead
- Pepe was off the mark in his league debut for Turkish giants Besiktas
- The former Real Madrid man crashed home a header to get his side off the mark
- Nobody was there to cheer the goal, after fans were banned due to violence
- New striker Alvaro Negredo was also making his first outing for the club
Besiktas new boy Pepe made a dream start to life in Turkey, scoring a powerful header on his league debut and running off to celebrate wildly in front of… nobody.
The former Real Madrid man was making his first Superlig appearance for his new club, but the occasion was overshadowed by events which had unfolded in August.
Besiktas were forced to play the game behind closed doors as a result of the fan violence which broke out in their recent Super Cup final defeat to Konyaspor.
Big name defender Pepe made his league debut for Besiktas, but the stadium was empty
The quiet scene was brought upon by the recent supporters ban due to Super Cup violence
The experienced star rose highest to smash home a header and give his side the lead
The Portuguese ace made the perfect start and scored the opener against Antalyaspor
Pepe celebrated with passion and was soon joined by his new Besiktas team-mates
But the situation was strange, with the usual raucous atmosphere of the stadium removed
Ugly scenes spilled over in the aftermath of said fixture, with a knife thrown onto the pitch at one point, before fans later fought each other on the turf at full-time.
As a result Besiktas were ordered to ban their fans from the upcoming league clash with Antalyaspor, meaning supporters were denied the chance to see their new big name acquisition Pepe make his bow.
Unable to stay away from the occasion however, home fans packed around the exterior of the Vodaphone Park in Istanbul, chanting and cheering away in hope of their voices being carried to the players inside the ground.
Flares were lit and the party taken up a notch as Besiktas began to control the tie, going ahead via Pepe’s precision header from a free-kick.
Fans instead packed the exterior of the Vodaphone park, after being banned for violence
Flares were lit and fans burst into song, hoping for their voices to be carried inside the ground
The usual passionate scenes continued outside, with fans eager to continue supporting
Inside the stadium Besiktas celebrated their victory to the eerie backdrop of silence
Portuguese winger Ricardo Quaresma takes on the opposition inside the ghost town stadium
Fans also missed the opportunity to see another new boy, Alvaro Negredo, in club colours
The scene inside the stadium was an eerie one however, with…