The Turkish Super Cup final between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce in Saudi Arabia was postponed because of a disagreement between the clubs and the host nation’s authorities.

The match was scheduled to kick off at 17.45 GMT but, with thousands of fans inside Riyadh’s Al-Awwal Stadium, it was called off at 19:00.

The Turkish Football Federation and the clubs blamed “problems in organising” the match after authorities refused banners referring to the revered father of modern Turkey Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

Galatasaray and Fenerbahce were expected to arrive for the showpiece between Turkey’s league champions and cup winners with banners bearing Ataturk’s words “Peace at home, peace in the world”, which the Saudi authorities would not allow.

The players were also not allowed on to the pitch wearing T-shirts bearing Ataturk’s image.

Ataturk launched a programme of revolutionary social and political reform to modernise Turkey, serving as its first president from 1923 until his death in 1938.

These reforms included the emancipation of women, the abolition of all Islamic institutions and the introduction of Western legal codes, dress, calendar and alphabet, replacing the Arabic script with a Latin one.

Senior officials at Galatasaray and Fenerbahce held a meeting with Turkish Football Federation (TFF) president Mehmet Buyukeksi before the decision was announced.

The joint statement by the TFF and the clubs said: “We, together with our clubs, have collectively decided on this delay.

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