Besiktaş executive chairman Ahmet Nur Çebi has criticized the Turkish Football Federation's decision to resume professional leagues after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. "Without the approval of the [Coronavirus] Science Committee, football cannot be played in this environment,” he said on May 14.
Turkey's main opposition CHP and the Future Party have criticized the government for prioritizing the reopening of shopping malls while keeping the parliament shut. Ahmet Davutoğlu, a former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, also asked why "Erdoğan is locking himself” at his residence in Istanbul if Turkey has overcome the pandemic to the extent that it can reopen the malls.
Kadriye Bakırcı, a professor of labor and social security law, has said that footballers cannot be forced to play amid the coronavirus epidemic and their rights stemming from their contracts will legally remain intact under the Turkish Occupational Safety and Health Law. Bakırcı's comments came after the Turkish Football Federation announced that it will resume domestic leagues on June 12.