FIFA comments on the Turkish League “scandal” FIFA comments on the Turkish League “scandal”

FIFA comments on the Turkish League “scandal”

FIFA comments on the Turkish League “scandal”

Today, Tuesday, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) commented on the incident of the punch received by a referee in the Turkish League.
Faruk Koca, president of Ankaracucu Club, directed a strong punch at referee Halil Umut Melir, who officiated his team's match against Çakur Rizaspor (1-1), in the 15th round of the local league.

The club president's punch caused the referee to fall on the field, sparking chaotic scenes after players and officials joined the brawl or tried to intervene to break up the clash.

Miller had a player sent off from each team during the match, which saw Ankaracucu lead 1-0, before Rizaspor equalized in the 90th + 7th minute.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “There is absolutely no place for violence in football, whether on or off the field.”
He added: "The events that followed the Turkish Super League match between Ankaracucu and Çekur Rizaspor are completely unacceptable and have no place in our sport or our society."
He continued: "Without match referees, there is no football. Referees, players, fans and technical staff must be safe and secure to enjoy the game."
He concluded: “I call on the relevant authorities to ensure that this order is strictly implemented and respected at all levels.”

Referee Miller decided to end his refereeing career after the incident, as he informed his colleagues who visited him in the hospital of his decision: “This mission is over for me, I cannot continue anymore.”

Earlier, the Turkish Football Federation suspended all local league matches at various levels indefinitely, following the assault incident.

FIFA announces the three candidates to win the Best Goalkeeper in the World award

On Tuesday, FIFA announced the final list of candidates for the 2023 World Goalkeeper Award.
The final list included the presence of the Belgian trio Ybo Courtois, Real Madrid goalkeeper, the Moroccan Yassine Bono, Saudi Al Hilal goalkeeper, and the Brazilian Ederson, Manchester City goalkeeper.

FIFA initially announced five candidates for the Best Goalkeeper in the World award, and then the final three-member list was chosen by an international jury consisting of: coaches of the men’s national teams, captains of the men’s national teams, football journalists, and fans who voted on the website. Official FIFA.

Cameroonian Andre Onana, Manchester United's goalkeeper, and German Marek-Andre ter Stegen, Barcelona's goalkeeper, were excluded from the final list.

The award focuses on the most distinguished goalkeepers during the period from December 19, 2022 to August 20, 2023.

FIFA will announce the winner of the Best Goalkeeper in the World award, and the names of the other winners of its various awards, at a ceremony to be held in London
on January 15.
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