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Turkish league decides its future this week

After the definitive suspension of the basketball and volleyball league, the Turkish Super League will now decide its future. Some clubs want no relegation and play next season with 21 teams.

The Turkish Football Federation (TFF) will decide this week the future of the Turkish league (the Süper Lig) after the national basketball and volleyball competitions have been permanently suspended. This Monday, the cancellation of the season of the two main basketball competitions was also officially announced: the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and the Basketball Euro Cup.

Last week TFF President Nihat Özdemir confirmed May 20 as the day when the final date for the resumption of the football Super League would be announced, which Özdemir had previously said would resume on June 12 after being suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Last Wednesday the TFF and the main football clubs held a long 4-hour meeting to discuss the future of the Turkish league in light of the latest developments; apparently, 7 clubs would defend that there would be no relegation this season, and to play with 21 teams next season instead of the usual 18: a request that the TFF would be considering now.

On March 20, Turkey announced the suspension of all sports competitions due to the coronavirus pandemic, including soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues; however the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) maintains for now its intention to play the remaining 8 games of the first division, as well as keeping Istanbul as the place to host the Champions League final in August.