Fenerbahce angry at TFF for decision on match fixing scandal

Fenerbahce coach, Aykut Kocaman has slammed the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) for the decision to ban Fenerbahce from this season’s UEFA Champions League.

Kocaman said in an interview: “This is a completely nonsensical decision. If we are out of the Champions League, why are we in the Spor Toto Super League first division? If we are in the Super League, why are we not in the Champions League? There is a clear problem here. The federation should immediately make a decision and we could make our plans in accordance with that. If no sanctions are to be imposed on us concerning relegation, it will be clear that this process aims to drive us from pillar to post. It is humiliating that what we won on the pitch is being taken from us at the desk.”

Fenerbahce has recently called on the TFF to relegate them to the Bank Aysa 1st League after its appeal against the exclusion from the Champions League was rejected. Kocaman said: “I believe the TFF took that decision on its own. As Ali Koc also said, we want the TFF to do what should be done and relegate us. I wish this process is concluded as soon as possible and we are no more driven from pillar to post.”

Trabzonspor, originally to play in the UEFA Europa League have been awarded the place in the Champions League following Fenerbahce’s exclusion. Trabzonspor will play in Group B of the competition with Inter Milan, CSKA Moscow, and Lille.

Fenerbahce midfielder and Turkish national team symbol, Emre Belozoglu said that Fenerbahce will welcome every decision about the scandal, but won the championship deservingly last season. He said: “We want to die once, not every day.”

TFF Chairman Mehmet Ali Aydinlar said that UEFA had warned the TFF that Turkish football in general faced a penalty of up to eight years if the TFF did not act in this matter of football corruption.

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