Incident Following MKE Ankaragücü Vs. Rizespor Match: Call For Justice – OpEd


Last night, after the match between MKE Ankaragücü and Rizespor, which ended in a 1-1 draw, the events that unfolded turned football away from the spirit of fair play it should embody. The act of MKE Ankaragücü’s president punching the referee on the field and the subsequent incident of collective violence raise significant concerns as they transcend the framework of love and respect that sports should promote.

Such attacks have negative repercussions not only on the football field but also within the broader society. The act of violence committed by the president of Ankaragücü should not be treated merely as a sports incident; it should be viewed as a violence issue spreading across society. Behaviors of this nature can negatively impact the youth, children, and those who love sports.

The decision by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) to suspend all matches may be a step highlighting the seriousness of the events. However, this alone is not sufficient. Besides applying legal penalties to the perpetrators, especially those involved in violent acts, there should be a lifetime ban on entering stadiums. Such drastic measures can contribute to preventing violence not only within sports but also within society at large.

The MKE Ankaragücü team should also face consequences for the events that transpired. The team may need to play all matches without spectators for a certain period, possibly for the entire season. This would not only be for the future of the team but also for the fans to take responsibility and develop awareness against such violent tendencies.

We strongly condemn violence in every aspect of football and sports in general. We call for effective intervention by legal authorities and sports organizations, applying deterrent penalties to ensure that sports align with values of love, respect, and fair play.

Haluk Direskeneli

Haluk Direskeneli, is a graduate of METU Mechanical Engineering department (1973). He worked in public, private enterprises, USA Turkish JV companies (B&W, CSWI, AEP, Entergy), in fabrication, basic and detail design, marketing, sales and project management of thermal power plants. He is currently working as freelance consultant/ energy analyst with thermal power plants basic/ detail design software expertise for private engineering companies, investors, universities and research institutions. He is a member of Chamber of Turkish Mechanical Engineers Energy Working Group.

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