TURKEY > Former player rants against women’s lack of understanding of football


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Ümit Özat (L) told presenter Simge Fıstıkoğlu (R) that 'women did not understand football' during a broadcast on Habertürk. HABERTÜRK video still

Ümit Özat (L) told presenter Simge Fıstıkoğlu (R) that 'women did not understand football' during a broadcast on Habertürk. HABERTÜRK video still

Former Fenerbahçe and FC Köln defender Ümit Özat went on a rant against women during a television show late yesterday night, claiming females have a lack of understanding of football while arguing with presenter Simge Fıstıkoğlu.

Özat began to argue with Fıstıkoğlu during the TV program “Bizim Stadyum,” which is broadcast on HaberTürk.

“I don’t take women supporters seriously,” Özat said, referring to fans’ criticism of Fenerbahçe coach Aykut Kocaman during the team’s game against Trabzonspor. Due to a penalty decision from the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) only women and children were allowed in the stadium for the Spor Toto Super League game.

“No one in their right mind can say a woman can understand football better than a man,” Özat said. “Football is a man’s game. Nowhere in the world outside of Turkey can women discuss football [in the media].”

When Fıstıkoğlu replied that Özat should not take himself so seriously, the former Turkish athlete dismissed the TV host’s remark. “I don’t even talk football with my wife, just as I do not talk about the subjects that she is capable of like cooking or knitting,” Özat said.

Last year, two British sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys were forced to apologize and lost their jobs at Sky Sports for saying assistant referee Sian Massey is not capable of competently completing her job because “women don’t know the offside rule” while they were not aware they were on air.


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runner runnerup

9/25/2012 11:20:40 PM

To understand Turkish Soccer, you have to be a Turk. In my opinion Turkish soccer is not worth watching. It is very murky on the field and beyond. Turkish women are certainly capable to understand the Turkish Soccer as much as the Turkish men. As in other parts of society; they donot get a fair chance to prove. I agree with Brit; why should people be forced to understand soccer?

Brit in Turkey

9/25/2012 6:45:58 PM

Why should everyone be forced to understand football. Is this a new religious edict? Will there be a reward for anyone caught not reading the sports pages? I hate football and the obscene money paid to the players and the idolising of them by the fans. The biggest cringe is to see a fat British holidaymaker of 50 plus drinking his Efes and dressed in an England shirt with "Beckham" or similar emblazoned on it.

Adam Polk

9/25/2012 6:21:27 PM

you gotta see the video murat :)


9/25/2012 5:39:19 PM

I hope I get to see the Turkish women soccer league and a national team in my life time. They beat the pants off the men pretty much in every sport ranking ;)
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