UEFA says European football needs Şenes Erzik

Published 18.02.2012 10:45
Updated 18.02.2012 10:48

UEFA has not granted permission for their Vice-President Şenes Erzik, who was being pursued by Sports Minister Suat Kılıç, who first won over Turkey’s football clubs and then Erzik himself on the idea of him taking over the Turkish Football federation Presidency, during the ensuing chaos which followed Mehmet Ali Aydınlar's resignation.

Şenes Erzik, the Vice-President of the Union of Football Associations (UEFA) had expressed intentions of taking on the position of Turkish Football Federation (TFF) president, even if just temporarily, in order to bring a close to the ongoing crisis. Last night however, Erzik called Kılıç to explain that he will not be able to be a candidate.

Over the phone Erzik told Kılıç, "I spoke with UEFA and FIFA. They told me that due to my international responsibilities, they would not able to permit me to go ahead. I want to thank you very much for the support you have shown. However, unfortunately I will not be able to accept my candidacy."

During meetings held with Super League club chairmen every day consecutively since Wednesday, Minister Suat Kılıç had finally reached a mutual consensus on Şenes Erzik's nomination and midday yesterday, Clubs Union Deputy Chairman Hasan Akıncıoğlu released an announcement stating, "Our 18 Super League clubs are in complete agreement on Şenes Erzik being named a candidate."

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