'Don't dare say a bad word about Pogba!' - Genclerbirligi coach defends Florentin after on-field brawl


Genclerbirligi coach Umit Ozat has defended Florentin Pogba after the defender was involved in an on-field fight with his team-mates in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Antalyaspor.

The Ankara-based side are currently embroiled in a relegation battle, leading to tensions reaching a head as the defender attempted to leave the pitch with 5 minutes still left to play.

Seemingly having picked up an injury and no longer able to compete after all three substitutions had been used, Pogba removed his shirt and hobbled off the pitch, only for team-mate Ahmet Oguz to call out the 27-year-old.

Visibly angered by the yelling, Pogba squared up to his Oguz, leading to more players becoming involved in a pushing match before the Guinea international was escorted off the field.

Unconfirmed reports also suggested the fighting continued in the dressing room.

“No one dare say a bad word about Pogba!” boss Ozat barked at his post-match press conference.

“What was he supposed to do? Wait for medics to arrive while laying on the ground in the 85th minute of a game?

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“I'd rather judge him on the 85 minutes he played rather than the five he didn't. People should stop saying crazy things.

“Who would want to let his team down?”

It is not yet known whether the Turkish Football Federation will charge Pogba for his part in the bust-up.