Demirören may run for TFF post

Demirören may run for TFF post

ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News
Demirören may run for TFF post

Beşiktaş Chairman Yıldırım Demirören emerged as one of the most powerful men in Turkish football recently, especially after Fenerbahçe Chairman and former Union of Clubs head Aziz Yıldırım was jailed pending trial as part of the ongoing match-fixing case.

Beşiktaş chairman Yıldırım Demirören is likely to emerge as a candidate for the vacant Turkish Football Federation (TFF) chair.

Demirören’s name was checked in the Union of Clubs meeting on Feb. 7, when the chairmen of the Turkish top-flight clubs were meeting with the agenda to find a person to come to the hot seat. Last week, Mehmet Ali Aydınlar resigned from the post after seven turbulent months in the role. At present former Trabzonspor board member İbrahim Hacıosmanoğlu is the only candidate announcing he would run in the Feb. 27 election, where delegates from professional football clubs will vote for Aydınlar’s successor.

On Feb. 7, Fenerbahçe vice chairman Nihat Özdemir suggested Demirören to run for the spot, the daily Hürriyet reported. However, in a statement released from the club, Fenerbahçe denied that it has suggested Demirören.

State-run television channel TRT Spor also said Demirören, who is also the head of the Union of Clubs, would announce his candidacy tomorrow. However, Doğan News Agency (DHA) Chief Sports Editor Faik Gürses has learned from a phone call with Demirören that he would not be a candidate, CNN Türk reported.

The new TFF chairman will have a tough task on his hands with a possible decision on the match-fixing case looming.

Currently eight teams, including Fenerbahçe, Beşiktaş and Trabzonspor, three of the country’s top four clubs, are facing possible bans as part of a match-fixing case, as part of which a total of 93 sports officials, players and coaches were listed as suspects.

The only remaining member of the big four, Galatasaray, is likely to be placed in the anti-Demirören camp if the Beşiktaş chairman announces his candidacy. Galatasaray vice chairman Adnan Öztürk reportedly called Demirören to step down as Union of Clubs chairman during the aforementioned meeting.

Former chairmen Haluk Ulusoy and Levent Bıçakcı were believed to be among possible candidates,
but they were rejected in the meeting.

Beşiktaş look to bounce back

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Red hot Sivasspor’s form will be tested as the Central Anatolian team hosts Beşiktaş in the Spor Toto Super League tonight.

Sivasspor welcomes Beşiktaş in the opening match of round 26.

Sivasspor rose to sixth with its 5-1 win at Mersin İdman Yurdu last week. The team is tied with leader Galatasaray as the best performer of the second part of the season, collecting 17 points from a possible 24.

Beşiktaş, on the other hand, is on a dismal three-match losing streak.

The Black Eagles fell 2-0 to fierce Istanbul rivals Fenerbahçe in the big derby of round 25 last week. Beşiktaş has previously lost to Kayserispor and Mersin.

The game at Sivas’ 4 Eylül Stadium starts at 6 p.m.
Meanwhile, Istanbul BB hosts Kardemir Karabük in a game that was delayed due to heavy snowfall last week.

The game at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium starts at 4 p.m.