Spit the dummy
Besiktas and Fenerbahce fans are handbagging each other at the moment over a controversial decision not to award a goal to Besiktas in the last minutes of their 2-1 loss away to Fenerbahce over the weekend.
The allegations are familiar. "Everyone is against us, the Football Federation is biased," is the drift of the Besiktas fansites. The Fenerbahce lot respond with "be a man and stop whinging."
It is all very childish and typical of the fans of all three of the Big Istanbul clubs. A decision goes against you and it is clear that there is a "conspiracy". I'm not going to make a stand on whether the decision made by the referee was right or wrong... it was a close call, but the Besiktas lot are making out as if this was a bigger injustice than when Boluspor were denied the Turkish Cup back in the early 1980s.
The Besiktas chairman is so upset that he has threatened to play his youth side in the next League match, a clear sign that he is getting his excuses in early for their match against joint leaders Sivasspor this weekend.
Besiktas fans have form when it comes to be being whingers. I noticed this statement on the Fenerbahce fan site Antu.com.
"You lot need both hearing pieces and dummies," the statement said. I'm assuming the "hearing pieces" bit refers to the fact that the Besiktas players continued playing, and then scoring, after the whistle had gone.
The piece continues: "Do you remember the "Send a dummy to Besiktas" campaign launched by Genclerbirligi fans a few years ago. But of course you only have the memory capacity to remember something for a couple of weeks."
I cant remember the Genclerbirligi campaign and would love it if anyone here could help me out.
But back to the fight.
"The TFF, under the influence of chief Haluk Ulusoy, puts pressure on the referees and the referees officiate in the games the way the federation wants them to," said Besiktas Chairman Yildirim Demiroren after the weekends match.
Typical whinging for the Besik... Ahhh ooops. Sorry about that. That wasn't the Besiktas chairman at all. It was actually said by Fenerbahce Chairman Aziz Yildirim earlier this year, as quoted in this piece in the Turkish Daily News.
Put a sock in it, all of you.