Six out of eighteen Turkish Super League clubs were not awarded with UEFA licenses needed to compete in European tournaments for 2015-2016 season, according to the announcement of Turkish Football Federation's (TFF) released on Monday.
TFF stated that the licenses were awarded accordingly with UEFA's financial fair play criterion set within sportive, youth setup, management, legal, financial sub-sections.
The six teams were named as Mersin İdmanyurdu, Eskişehirspor, Gaziantepspor, Kasımpaşa, Balıkesirspor and Suat Altın İnşaat Kayseri Erciyesspor.
SAİ Kayseri Erciyesspor will not compete in Turkish Super League next season and Balıkesirspor is the strongest candidate to become the second team to relegate, however, the other clubs currently stood at seventh, tenth, eleventh and twelfth positions.
An extra 30-day period is given to the clubs that failed to meet UEFA criterion to complete their shortages.
If these clubs fail to meet the criterion within the extra period, they will not be able to compete in European tournaments, though it is not likely due to their current standings both in the league and in the Turkish Cup.
TFF President Yıldırım Demirören had earlier warned the clubs to meet the UEFA criterion in order to keep both their UEFA and national licenses.
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