Monday, May 21, 2007

Sahin Reprimands Turkish Futbol Federation

State Minister for Sports and Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin issued a verbal reprimand to the Turkish Futbol Federation following Saturday's fan debacle at Ali Sami Yen Stadium.
Sahin spoke to reporters at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport and stated that he was deeply upset and appalled by the events during and after the Fenerbahce vs. Galatasaray Derby at GS's home stadium. "I was watching the game on TV but felt compelled to stop after what I saw. Usually every Saturday evening I watch sports programs, but I couldn't bring myself to watch those last night, either."
Sahin is looking for answers from both the TFF and the fans involved, as the Derby events has once again given Turkish futbol a black eye. He recommended an inquiry into finding those specific fans responsible for the violence, as well as requesting answers from the TFF. He commented that the TFF is ultimately responsible, and action must be taken to prevent this violence from happening again. Sahin also offered to consult with the TFF to help them alleviate this problem.


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