Gamze Bal: The Turks don’t Support the National Team Because of Corruption

Gamze Bal talks about match-fixing in Turkey. Foto: Simon Pallesen
Gamze Bal talks about match-fixing in Turkey. Foto: Simon Pallesen

Fenerbahce won the championship in 2011. They did that with an impressive winning streak, as 16 out of the last 17 games in the season were won.

But many people found that suspicious and police launched an investigation finding six clubs guilty of match-fixing.

Among the suspects was the president of Fenerbahce, Aziz Yildirim. He was sentenced to six years and three months of imprisonment, but he is still the president of Fenerbahce, while he is waiting for the outcome of an appeal

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The Turkish Football Federation was run by Mehmet Ali Aydınlar. He is a former board member of Fenerbahce, and a well known passionate fan.

”I do not want to be remembered as the president who relegated Fenerbahce. People who question my love for Fenerbahce, did not serve the club as much as I did”, said Mehmet Ali Aydınlar shortly after he stepped down as president.

Now he is running for president of Fenerbahce.

The national team suffers

”The Turkish people now see football as a theatre. They think that everything is settled before the games” said Turkish journalist, Gamze Bal, at Play the Game in Aarhus.

Because of the involvement of members of The Turkish Football Federation, the national team feels the consequences of the scandal.

”When the national team plays, the stands are almost empty. People don’t even support the team, because the Turkish Football Federation is run by corrupted figures”, says Gamze Bal.

2 thoughts on “Gamze Bal: The Turks don’t Support the National Team Because of Corruption”

  1. The reputation of football is going down cause of such reasons. Why football is more popular among the other sports, it is the sport of all levels of the society. But money corrupting the football. Why FIFA and UEFA do not step in to the situations and make the federations give the rights to who deserve.

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