Turkcell Super League – Ankaraspor gets demoted.

The big news of the week in the Turkcell Super League is the demotion of Ankaraspor from the Super League to the Bank Asya 1st League.  The shocking news was first reported on Tuesday September 15.  The match that Ankaraspor was supposed to play against Kayserispor was postponed while the investigation was taking place.

This situation came to a head when Ahmet Gokcek was elected the chairman of Ankaragucu.  Gokcek is the son of the mayor of Ankara, Melih Gokcek, who is also the honorary chairman of Ankaraspor.  Rumors were spread that the two clubs were going to merge.  The Professional Football Disciplinary Committee (PFDK) then decided to act by relegating Ankaraspor because that this situation “was contrary to sporting competitiveness”.  Other punishments handed out by the PFDK included suspending the chairmen of both clubs in question for six months.  Ankaragucu would not be dropped from the Super League, but their board of directors will also be suspended for three months.

Melih Gokcek, as would be expected, was not happy about the situation.  His response to the ruling would be that he would file an appeal.  He also said that the PFDK should fix its own problems.  Also, he has threatened to take his case to the Court for Arbitration of Sport (CAS) and FIFA.

The resulting aftermath in regards to the league is as follows.  Kayserispor, who would have been Ankaraspor’s opponent in week 5, will be awarded the three points and a victory by default.  Three other previous opponents, Antalyaspor, Gaziantepspor, and Genclerbirligi, will also be awarded three points and wins over Ankaraspor.  The league will continue from hereon after with 17 teams and will play 32 rounds.

Ankaraspor would receive even more bad news as the TFF arbitration committee declared the club could not appeal to FIFA and the CAS.  FIFA has said that the situation has to be handled internally within the TFF.  The CAS would declare that since this doesn’t concern foreign elements in sport and domestic matters are handled domestically.

With all of the news concerning Ankaraspor, it would be easy to forget that the Super League had a match on Wednesday.  Sivasspor and Denizlispor would play each other making up the game from week 3.  The match was postponed due to Sivasspor’s European commitments.  The first half would end with both teams tied at nil-nil.  Sivasspor would take the lead as Ibrahim Sahin would get a through ball pass from Ersen Martin and stuff the ball into the net to give Sivasspor the 1-0.  Sivasspor would get unlucky though.  Sivasspor’s Kadir Bekmezci would get his second yellow card in the 73rd minute and was shown the red, leaving Sivasspor with 10 players and a little more than a quarter of an hour to play.  Denizlispor would go on the attack and continue an onslaught of the Sivas goal.  The breakthrough for Denizlispor would come in the 79th minute as Ahmet Cebe would score off a header to tie the match.  The match would end with a 1-1 scoreline.  Sivasspor gets their first points of the campaign, struggling to even get a draw after the previous two seasons would feature them challenging for the Super League title.

The week’s Turkcell Super League action, along with referee assignments, is as follows.  All times listed is local time:

Friday September 18:
9:00pm Trabzonspor – Antalyaspor (Koray Gençerler)

Saturday September 19:
9:00pm Diyarbakırspor – Manisaspor (Süleyman Abay) (Behind closed doors)
9:00pm Sivasspor – Bursaspor (Kuddusi Mütfüoğlu)
9:00pm Beşiktaş – Kayserispor (Bünyamin Gezer)
9:00pm Ankaragücü – Gençlerbirliği (Yunus Yıldırım)
9:00pm Eskişehirspor – Gaziantepspor (Taner Gizlenci)

Sunday September 20:
9:00pm Fenerbahçe – İstanbul Büyükşehir Bld.Spor (Hüseyin Göçek)

Monday September 21:
9:00pm Kasımpaşa – Galatasaray (İlker Meral)