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Monday, 8 August 2011

Hiddink wants Turkish National team to lift Turkish football


Guus Hiddink has said the image of football in Turkey has been damaged by the match-fixing scandal in Turkey. He has also called on the National team to provide a lift for sport in the country and give Turkish fans something to cheer about.

Hiddink wrote in an article: “Especially in these difficult times, the Turkish international football team needs to rise above the situation in order to give the fans a better feeling. I try to have my players realize the importance of it.”

He also stated that tensions were felt during the recent World Cup draw in Brazil, he said: “During the World Cup draw in Rio de Janeiro, I experienced how the alleged bribery scandals damaged the image of Turkish football.” Hiddink also went on to say: “Although the defendants’ guilt still needs to be proved, there is much harm done.”

The match fixing scandal has embroiled several top teams in Turkey such as Fenerbahçe and Besiktas. The Turkish league has been postponed for a month while the Turkish Football Federation decides on what penalties to deploy on the guilty parties.

Turkey take on Estonia on Wednesday in a qualifier for the 2012 European Championships and there will be no better way to prove that sport in Turkey still has some hope than a resounding win for the Turkish.

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