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Selahattin Baki: “Galatasaray president has stooped so low as to engage in dirty politics”

Selahattin Baki, a Board Member of Fenerbahçe, made statements to the press after Fenerbahçe's 2-0 victory over Hatayspor away.

's statements are as follows:

“First of all, I want to express my condolences and best wishes to the city of Hatay and everyone affected by the earthquake. As someone from Iskenderun, I was deeply moved, and as written on the banners, I hope the lights of this city will shine once again.

“We played smart and won the match, navigating a highly challenging turn on the road to the championship”

It was a very challenging and emotional match for us. I congratulate our , our coach, and our team. We have an important European match on Thursday. Therefore, we played very controlled and smart today. We had control from start to finish. We played smart and won the match, navigating a highly challenging turn on the road to the . Because when teams are in the relegation zone, they create many difficulties in such matches. We got through that. However, there are some things that need to be talked even when winning.

“Our suspicions about Atilla Karaoğlan turned out to be true”

When 's name was announced, there was a reaction from the fans. With this reaction and considering our past experiences, we also had our suspicions. Looking at today's match performance, it turned out how accurate our suspicions were. Let's look at the generous yellow cards shown against Fenerbahçe. There is divine justice because in almost identical situations, when it was us, a was given, but when the opponent did it, no yellow card was issued. Five for us, one for the opponent. Let's forget about all of that; the second yellow card not given to Massanga in the 85th minute, hence a red card, cannot be justified in any way in terms of sportsmanship. A few minutes later, Çağlar Söyüncü received a yellow card in a much lighter situation. Look at his body movements, running confidently, giving us thick subliminal messages again, but we stay within the sporting framework and fight our battle. Now, we are focused on Thursday.

“Let's apply for two big clubs, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, for a foreign referee in the Super Cup match in Şanlıurfa, and let's see if they are sincere”

Now, I want to say something else, and this is important too. The appointed president of our eternal rival, a few times, as you know, had said things like, ‘This federation is our federation. We chose it, we are satisfied.' Last week, for some reason, suddenly they made an official statement saying, ‘The worst federation in the history of football, we demand resignations from all committees.' At that time, we also want to do a sincerity test. We have been worried about certain issues for a long time; referee performances! They reached this level last week, thank them(!) So, let's apply for two big clubs, two eternal rivals, for a foreign referee in the match in Şanlıurfa, and let's see how sincere they are and how much they want these committees and the federation!

“Since the beginning of the season, when you look at the red and yellow cards given for or against Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, the public will share our concerns and justification”

While we are on the subject of cards, there is also last week's - match. In positions where our eternal rival should have received a red card, in some positions, fouls were not even called. In places where fouls were called, not even a yellow card was given. Since the beginning of the season, when you look at the red and yellow cards given for or against Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray, the public will share our concerns and justification.

“The president of our rival has stooped so low as to engage in dirty politics”

I want to say one more thing: The president of our rival, even engaging in dirty politics over the deceased family member of our president, Mr. Ali Koç, has stooped so low. Regarding this, Mr. President Ali Koç will make a statement next week with examples from the past week. Thank you very much. We will become champions, hopefully.”

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