TFF’s decision about MİY pitch: Too Late?

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Updated: September 6, 2014

The Black Eagles’ season opener in the 2014-2015 Süper lig season against Mersin İdmanyurdu will surely be remembered for the horrible condition of the pitch at the brand new Mersin arena.

The pitch of the Mersin Arena stadium had turned into a potato field rather than a football ground within a short period of 10-15 minutes following the kick-off, however the referee had chosen to keep the game going, despite the suggestion of Mersin İdmanyurdu coach Rıza Çalımbay to halt and postpone the game.

Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak had left the game by the 28th minute, suffering a groin injury, which brought a lot of complaints from the Besiktas side about the Turkish Football Federation’s (TFF) poor investigation regarding the condition of the pitch before letting the game take place at the Mersin Arena. Mersin’s Oktay Delibalta also suffered an injury barely 3 minutes later.

Recently it has been announced that TFF (Turkish Football Federation) has made a declaration to Mersin İdmanyurdu that they will have the play their Day 3 game (second home game) against Çaykur Rizaspor at Akdeniz Üniversitesi stadium in Antalya, as they are not letting any more games to be played at the Mersin Arena stadium.

Mersin İndmanyurdu has objected the decision and suggested the game to be played at Tarsus Stadium, for which the TFF will decide within the next week.

Whatever the decision is, why did players need to get injured before it was made?

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