Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır

Famous Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakır ends his professional career

The Turkish referee, who officiated matches in Champions League, UEFA Euro and World Cup, ends his career at the age of 45.

Cüneyt Çakır, one of the most famous Turkish referees in European football, has hung up his boots forever and ended his professional career, the president of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has confirmed.

In statements made to a sports channel, Mehmet Büyükekşi, president of the TFF, confirmed that the Turkish international referee – FIFA referee since 2006 – had officially ended his professional career yesterday after having recently requested the Central Committee of Referees of Turkey (MHK) to leave his post, thanking the 45-year-old referee for his contribution to Turkish football.

“Last week, we held an assembly with our referees in the northern province of Bolu. In that meeting, Cüneyt Çakır asked the MHK to leave his position”, explained Büyükekşi, who also confirmed that Çakır had received several offers from abroad but that the Turkish referee had always wanted to finish his career in Turkey; apparently, Çakır is now thinking of training referees from lower categories of Turkish football.

Cüneyt Çakır, born in 1976 in the province of Istanbul, has been a referee in the Turkish Super League from 2001 to the present, also officiating matches at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups; as a FIFA referee, he was referee in the Champions League final in which FC Barcelona defeated Juventus 3-1 in Berlin. He was also a referee for several matches at the 2012 UEFA Euro – being the fourth referee in the match between Spain and Italy that culminated in the 2nd European Championship for the Spanish team – as well as in 2016 and 2020.