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Fenerbahce striker van Persie cops 2-match ban for taunt on ex-Arsenal mate

Robin van Persie has been hit with a two-game ban for a controversial goal celebration in a recent Turkish Cup tie.

The Fenerbahce striker slid on his knees and celebrated in front of Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup after scoring the winner.

Van Persie and his former Arsenal teammate Ozyakup had earlier clashed after the Dutchman had been involved in the sending off of Dusko Tosic.

The Turkish Football Federation initially banned the ex-Manchester United star for three matches but the 33-year-old appealed the decision and has had the sanction reduced to two.

Van Persie had told the Hurriyet newspaper: "After the free-kick Oguzhan told me to retire and go play in a team for old people.

"This annoyed me and I taught him a lesson after the goal."

Ozyakup also stated that his friendship with fellow former Gunner van Persie was no longer following the unsavoury incident.

"Just one thing. I was very good friends with a certain player on the field. That changed today," he said after the match.

"Sometimes you see the real face of a footballer on the field."

Andrew Slevison
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