The former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboué was repeatedly pelted by missiles while playing for Galatasaray against their arch-rivals Besiktas, reports The Guardian. The 28-year-old was showered with bottles, cigarette lighters and other items were thrown from sections of Besiktas fans whenever he neared the touchline during the 0-0 draw.

While it is not known whether the attack on Eboué was racially motivated, the Ivorian has this season angered opposition fans, attracting allegations that he is a diver.

Eboué, who signed for Galatasaray in the summer after spending six seasons with the Gunners, appealed in vain for help from match officials but was not badly hurt.

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