Discussions about the foreign status of 19-year-old Yusuf Demir, whom Galatasaray added to his staff from Rapid Wien during the summer transfer period, continue.
Subject Cumhuriyet.com.trEvaluating sports lawyer Dr. Önder Ege stated that it is not possible for the Turkish-Austrian football player to play as a native under the current conditions. Ege also added that with some changes to be made in the instructions of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), this could be paved the way for next season.
“THE 8TH ARTICLE OF TFF FOOTBALL Player TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS IS OPEN”
Evaluating Yusuf Demir’s foreign status playing within the scope of FIFA and TFF instructions, sports lawyer Dr. Önder Ege said, “The 8th article of the TFF Player Transfer Instruction is clear. It is written in which status the players will play, whether they will be foreign or domestic. The number of foreigners will be announced by the TFF before the 1st transfer season and the transfers will be made accordingly, the players will be domestic or foreign. It is written that whether he can play in the status will be determined accordingly.”
“A PLAYER WHO WEARS A COUNTRY’S KIT 4 TIMES CANNOT CHANGE NATIONAL TEAM”
Drawing attention to two points in FIFA’s instructions, Ege said, “According to the decision taken at the 70th Ordinary Congress of FIFA, it grants the right to change the national team to the players who play 3 times in total, including the official national matches of their country and the A national matches, provided that they are under the age of 21. For example, a player who wore the national jersey of a country 4 times has now lost the right to change the national team. Yusuf Demir is 19 years old, age is not a problem for him, but since he wore the Austrian national team jersey 4 times, it is now impossible to change the national team according to FIFA instructions. he said.
“TFF WILL MAKE A NEW REGULATION ABOUT THE NUMBER OF FOREIGNERS NEXT SEASON”
He emphasized that if the instructions of the Aegean TFF were changed, Yusuf Demir could play in the Turkish status and added:
“Because according to FIFA instructions, the legislation is shaped within the framework of FIFA and UEFA rules and TFF instructions, the fact that Demir has a Turkish passport or a blue card does not change his current status. Unless the current instructions are changed, Demir cannot play in the Turkish status. However, if the TFF changes Article 8, starting from the next season. TFF will go to a new regulation regarding the number of foreigners next season, perhaps the number of foreigners will be removed.”
“THEY CANNOT PLAY IN TURKISH STATUS UNTIL FIFA HAS THE CURRENT RULES”
Finally, Dr. Önder Ege drew attention to the problem that if the TFF changes the instructions, it will cause problems, “Let’s say about Yusuf Demir in the interim transfer, there was a change of instructions, can he change to the Turkish status? Since the 8th article points to the pre-season, I think that it will be problematic and that it will be a problem for this season. “I think that this change will not happen if other clubs complain. Most likely, Yusuf Demir can play as Turkish if the TFF changes the instructions from next season, but he cannot wear the Turkish National Team uniform as long as FIFA’s current rules are in place,” he said.
DURSUN ÖZBEK SAID “WE HAVE ENTERED INTO TFF”
On the other hand, whether Turkish-born Austrian football player Yusuf Demir can play in his native status remains on the agenda, while Galatasaray President Dursun Özbek announced that they have made an attempt to the TFF regarding the issue. Yellow-red team coach Okan Buruk said, “A Turkish player like Yusuf should play as a Turk in Turkey. This should be the case not only for Yusuf, but also for those in a similar situation.”