ISTANBUL: Confusion over the state of control – or lack of it – over Turkish football has increased with reports that the board sacked 105 members of staff before submitting its own wholesale resignation following the coup attempt against President Erdogan of three weeks ago.
Thousands of army commanders, police, university lecturers and teachers have been sacked or suspended under the terms of the state of emergency declared in the immediate aftermath of the reportedly military-led uprising.
At the start of the week the TFF board said all members of its board had resigned for ‘security checks’. It had also had shared information with relevant state institutions about all its employees, competition organisers and the chairmen and members of its 11 committees.
Committees concerned include the disciplinary, refereeing and the anti-doping panels.
Now it has emerged that the TFF – before vanishing – sacked 105 staff, including some referees.
It said in a statement that it had severed ties with 94 people including referees, linesmen and national and regional observers while also ending its relationship with 11 other representatives.
The country has accused U.S.-based Turkish opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen of being behind the coup but he denies any involvement and has condemned the failed putsch.
World federation FIFA, which usually acts swiftly to counter what it considers political interference in domestic federations, said in the first instance that it was “monitoring” the situation.
** The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) has voted, in extraordinary congress in Jakarta, to replace all 15 members of its executive committee and its chairman after a year-long FIFA ban.
Indonesia were suspended by the world governing body in 2015 over allegations of government interference.
The ban was lifted in May after assurances from Indonesian authorities that the row between the PSSI and the sports ministry over which teams were eligible to compete in the Indonesian Super League had ended.
The revamp includes departure of PSSI chairman La Nyalla Mattalitti, whose successor will be elected in October.