“After the events that took place on July 3, I realized I no longer had the energy to continue to carry Fenerbahçe as I had done for a long time,” said Özdemir of his reason for leaving Fenerbahçe during the Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association of the İskenderun Gulf (KİSİAD) conference. July 3, 2011, marked the start of an extensive match-fixing probe into Turkey’s football clubs and the imprisonment of Fenerbahçe Chairman Aziz Yıldırım. “Whether it came from the media, fans, opponents, the judicial process, we experienced problems on all sides,” Özdemir said. “Everyone was asking, ‘What will happen to Fenerbahçe?’” Özdemir, saying he will not participate in the next congress, continued, “If I had continued in the [Fenerbahçe] administration, I do not think it could have been any more successful.” That doesn’t mean he is leaving Fenerbahçe though, Özdemir added. “Whether I have an official position there or not, I am Fenerbahçe,” he said.