It’s official: Playoffs to no longer be used

July 13, 2012, Friday/ 17:05:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

The playoffs system that was introduced to Turkish football in the middle of last season has been abolished as a result of strong opposition from the clubs of Turkey’s top division, the Spor Toto Super League.

The Turkish Football federation (TFF) announced on Thursday the regulations to be used for the upcoming season. The federation stated that the team that finishes the regular season at the top will win the title. The playoffs were launched amidst a match-fixing scandal that hit Turkey last July. The arrival of the system was interpreted as the efforts by the federation to stall having to deliver penalties for the rigging and to ensure the league games’ broadcaster, Digiturk, did not lose revenue due to the massive scandal.The champion and teams to represent Turkey at European club competitions were determined as a result of the playoff matches. Galatasaray, which won the title after finishing the championship playoffs at the top last season, harshly criticized the federation for launching the system. The Union of Clubs, comprising 18 teams competing in the Super League, stated this week that the top division teams would not be on board for the playoffs system.

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