This blog has had a go at the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) over scheduling matters once or twice and so why not a third time.
First up I'd point out that the scheduling of this weekends matches in no way inconveniences me, Genclerbirligi or Ankaragucu and therefore this may turn out to be one of the more balanced rants this blog has seen.
The season is close to the end and there are extremely close races all over the place, for the championship, for a UEFA place and one hell of a struggle down the bottom to avoid relegation.
Knowing this, the TFF decided that most of last week's matches be played at the same time. I'm not sure if I agree with this, they don't do it in most other leagues, but hey if that's the way the TFF wants to do it I don't see any real hassle.
Having established the precedent the TFF has again scheduled the matches to be played by Galatasaray and Fenerbahce to be played at the same time on Sunday night.
But now comes the stupidity that we have come to expect from the TFF. The rest of the matches are not scheduled to be played at the same time and clearly some teams are feeling pissed off.
Today, both Kayserispor and Samsunspor have called for changes in the schedule saying that they are disadvantaged because they are playing before some of their rivals. In both of these cases, Genclerbirligi and Ankaragucu have a supposed advantage by playing later.
As I said before, I have no real problem with matches which aren't played at the same time but surely if the TFF are going to set a precedent they should stick to it. They have decided to treat the top two "fairly", why not the rest?
This being Turkey, I'm sure that it won't be long before the conspiracy theories are posted all over the net.
There you go, Gencler and Ankaragucu get given an advantage and this blog complains, can't say we aren't fair.