Istanbul - Turkey's football authorities have fired 94
officials including referees in the wake of the July 15 coup that tried to
unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the football federation said on Tuesday.
"Our federation deemed it necessary to dismiss 94
people, including regional and nationally-ranked referees and assistant
referees, regional refereeing committee members and national and regional
observers," the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) said in a statement.
The statement gave no further details but the Hurriyet daily
said one of the referees affected was an official on duty in the Super Lig top
flight, without giving a name.
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The backlash after the July 15 coup blamed on followers of
the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen has affected every walk of life in Turkey
and football is no exception.
All members of affiliated committees of the TFF resigned at
the weekend to allow a "security inspection" to see if any have links
to the Gulen movement.
The star striker for Istanbul side Besiktas, Mario Gomez of
Germany who was the top scorer in the Super Lig last year, announced he was
leaving the club due to the political situation.
Footage broadcast by Turkish television also showed a
helicopter hijacked by the coup plotters landing in the middle of the Besiktas
stadium's pitch on the night of the coup.
However TFF chief Yildirim Demiroren has said all the Super
Lig, international matches and all other fixtures will be played as scheduled
despite the coup.For
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