TFF head Demirören testifies as witness in match-fixing trial
Turkish Football Federation (TFF) President Yıldırım Demirören testified on Thursday as a witness in the ongoing trial on allegations of match-fixing by Turkish teams.
The 14th hearing in the case began at the İstanbul 16th High Criminal Court early on Thursday. Ten suspects who have been jailed pending trial in the historic match-fixing case attended the hearing, which was conducted at the İstanbul Courthouse in Çağlayan.
Former Beşiktaş manager Serdal Adalı, another suspect in the match-fixing case, has denied charges of rigging, denying claims that he gifted his horse to former İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyespor player İbrahim Akın.
In his testimony, Demirören -- who was the chairman of Beşiktaş at the time matches are alleged to have been rigged -- told the judge that Akın's name was on the transfer committee's list, but that the player had been rejected. He added, “I rejected Akın's transfer due to his performance and his social life.”
Akın reportedly confessed during his testimony that Beşiktaş pledged to offer him a position with their club if he agreed to not score any goals during the final match. Beşiktaş won the cup in overtime last year.
Among the suspects are former Giresunspor Chairman Olgun Peker, Fenerbahçe Chairman Aziz Yıldırım, Sivasspor Chairman Mecnun Odyakmaz, Fenerbahçe manager İlhan Ekşioğlu and Fenerbahçe Financial Affairs Manager Tamer Yelkovan. Eleven other suspects also attended the hearing.
The hearing started with the testimony of witnesses in the case, including Demirören. The content of Demirören's testimony was not immediately available.