Turkish Football League

Turkish football league to resume in June

Turkish league, with 8 games remaining to play, will resume on June 12 and end in July, despite the fact that a club has confirmed that one of its players has tested positive for coronavirus.

The President of the Turkish Football Federation, Nihat Özdemir, announced on Wednesday that the Turkish Football League will resume its matches on June 12 (Friday), almost three months after the Turkish Super League was suspended due to the pandemic of coronavirus.

Speaking to the press after attending a 4-hour meeting with the main managers of Turkish football, Özdemir confirmed that the Süper Lig will resume the matches from June on, and will end in July.

However, details on how the matches will be played are still unknown, and they will be announced after a planned meeting between representatives of the Federation and the Coronavirus Scientific Council of Turkey. Özdemir added, however, that Turkey maintains plans for Istanbul to host the Champions League final in August, as planned before the COVID-19 pandemic.

All the first division football matches were suspended on March 19 along with the basketball and volleyball matches after the first case of coronavirus was detected in Turkey. The suspension came at a time when there were still 8 games to go in the Turkish Super League, led by Trabzonspor with 53 points tied with Başakşehir, who is in 2nd place.

Player in the Turkish league tests positive for coronavirus

The decision to resume the league comes only a day after Ankaragücü, which holds the last positions in the first division, confirmed that one of its players had tested positive for coronavirus. Although the club did not reveal the player’s name, some media speculated that it could be the Senegalese midfielder Ricardo Faty. Several Turkish soccer teams started limited training sessions yesterday.

In addition to the Turkish soccer league, other countries are seriously considering the possibility of resuming sports competitions under certain control measures, since in many of them the curve of coronavirus infections seems to be decreasing; this is the case of the Italian Serie A, the German Bundesliga, the Spanish La Liga or the British Premier League. Only France and the Netherlands have announced the definitive cancellation of their football matches.