In a statement that has stirred the Turkish football community, Ahmet Ketenci, a respected board member of Fenerbahce Sports Club, has voiced concerns regarding recent refereeing decisions and the widespread reactions they have sparked. Ketenci's remarks, published on the club's official website, echo the sentiments of a community united in their love for a club that boasts a distinguished 116-year history.
Striving for Fair Play
The Fenerbahce official emphasized the team's relentless struggle on the pitch and the club's unwavering demand for clean, fair competition. Fenerbahce, he stated, has always striven for its rights through its commitment to effort, sacrifice, and great struggles, and continues to pursue its goals united with its community.
Unfair Refereeing Decisions
Ketenci was critical of the refereeing decisions that have marred recent matches, suggesting that Fenerbahce has been systematically targeted this season with blatant refereeing errors. These errors, he said, are apparent to the entire football community. He drew attention to a recent match against VavaCars Fatih Karagumruk, where a clear penalty for the opponent and a clear penalty for Fenerbahce were both overlooked. Ketenci stated that these errors were indisputable.
Request for Transparency and Fair Play
In a move that has been deemed unprecedented, the club has requested the release of VAR recordings and even a match replay due to the significant error in favor of Fenerbahce. Ketenci accused some parties of creating a skewed perception based on a single incident, conveniently overlooking their own history of benefiting from egregious refereeing mistakes.
Criticism of the TFF and MHK
Ketenci also had words for those who stir controversy without seeking sanctions against the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) or the Central Refereeing Committee (MHK). He suggested that these entities seem content with the current state of affairs, a state that is far from the vision of fair competition that Fenerbahce strives for.
The Fight Against Manipulation
Every season, according to Ketenci, there's a plot targeting Fenerbahce. This season, however, he asserts will be different. The club, backed by the full support of its community, is prepared to disrupt the pattern, to fight back against any manipulations and perceptions. The board member called for united support from fans, on social media, at away games, and everywhere Fenerbahce is present, to respond as one against any manipulations and perceptions.