Turkish Football Federation
No Turkish teams will be relegated from the Süper Lig after a season impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, Turkish Football Federation chairman Nihat Özdemir said on July 29. He added that the Süper Lig's new foreign player restrictions would also not apply for the 2020-21 season.
The only women's football team in the western province of Denizli, Horozkentspor, moved up from the Women's Third League to the Second League, only one down from the top. "We've been through some rough times," said Horozkentspor chair Kamil Karabuğa. "Now it's up to Denizli to support our girls. We can go even further together."
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.
Prof. Ahmet Demircan from the Health Ministry's Science Commission has criticized people for flocking to shopping malls amid the coronavirus pandemic, while urging those who absolutely need to go shopping to be as quick as possible in leaving the malls. "The queues in front of shopping malls are beyond comprehension," he said.
The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has announced that the top-tier Süper Lig will resume on June 12 even though clubs continue to report new coronavirus cases. Second-tier league club Büyükşehir Belediye Erzurumspor said on May 13 that 11 people, including four players, from the club tested positive for the virus.
Turkey cancelled its basketball and volleyball leagues for the 2019-2020 season on May 11 over the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Last week, the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) decided to resume its leagues from June 12 and aims to complete the season on July 26.
Istanbul municipality committee warns early ‘normalization’ could lead to a sudden surge in infections
The Istanbul Municipality's Science Committee warned against early relaxing of COVID-19 precautions as the country begins normalization. The municipality criticized the reopening of shopping malls, hair salons and barber shops, and the start of the national soccer league.
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.
Lefter Küçükandonyadis (1925-2012) was Fenerbahçe football club’s and Turkish national team’s star player during the many long years when he played football. Last week, my good friend and distinguished sportswriter Bağış Erten named his new born son “Lefter” and announced the happy news through social media.
Turkey will compete in eEURO 2020 organized jointly by Konami and UEFA. Turkish Football Federation (TFF) said that the national team represented by Mücahit Sevimli and Ali Doğan Barutçu ranked third in the play-off group, gaining the right to compete in eEURO 2020.
Football players' salaries will have to be slashed in order to deal with the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, said Galatasaray Sports Club Chairman Mustafa Cengiz on April 23. He denied claims that some of the club's higher-paid players would be leaving.
Retired goalie for the Turkish national soccer team Rüştü Reçber said that he underestimated the coronavirus, for which he received treatment in Italy, Italian daily Tuttomercato reported April 11. “This virus is serious, it’s no joke,” Reçber said.
A Turkish man who plays soccer in the amateur league in the southeastern province of Van fell and hit his head on the concrete floor adjacent to the soccer field, leading to brain surgery and possibly chronic injuries. The concrete that is supposed to be six meters away from the field was only a meter away from the field that Ümit Karasu was playing on March 13.
A Fenerbahçe football player and Medipol Başakşehir chair Göksel Gümüşdağ tested positive for coronavirus on March 25. "Our players, technical staff and administrative employees underwent coronavirus tests in Samandıra Can Bartu Facility. One footballer and medical team worker were tested positive and were dispatched to a hospital for treatment," Fenerbahçe said in a statement without giving the names of those diagnosed.
Football federation head under fire for not suspending league after Fatih Terim tests positive for coronavirus
Turkish Football Federation head Nihat Özdemir came under fire on social media after Galatasaray coach announced that he tested positive for coronavirus. Terim was one of the most vocal figures in the Turkish football scene about the need for the suspension of the league. Before the suspension decision was announced on March 19, the matches were played without fans in attendance.