Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Nusaybin show the way

Dedication is a word that is used way too often in modern football. But I think the word aptly describes the actions of the management and players of Nusaybin Demirspor.

Nusaybin is a small town that most of you have probably not even noticed as you whizz by on your way to your annual summer holiday in northern Iraq, but the actions of the team deserve to put Nusaybin on the football world map.

They have gone on a hunger strike in protest not just at blatent favouring by referees of their opponents down in Division Three of the Turkish leagues but also in protest at the fact that no one will pump money into the club.

Nusaybin Chairman Mehmet Ata Sevinc says that the management and players will stay on the hunger strike until a solution is found... could be quite a while then.

But full marks to the brave boys from the south east. This is dedication to football at its best.

Perhaps Galatasaray who are having their own financial problems could try the same tactic. Now that would certainly generate a lot of stories in the press, not just in Turkey but around the world.

Just a shame that big ears Sergen plays for Besiktas and not Galatasaray, he could do with shedding a few pounds.

Thanks to Istanbul Kanka Steve for alerting me to this story.

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