Playoff system to begin this season in topflight Turkish league

The decision has been announced after a meeting of federation and club officials in Istanbul.

Playoff system to begin this season in topflight Turkish league

Turkish football fans will see a different league this year as Turkish Football Federation and clubs agreed to implement the "playoff system" to determine the champions in topflight Super Toto Super League this season.

The decision has been announced after a meeting of federation and club officials in Istanbul on Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of Turkish clubs, Besiktas Chairman Yildirim Demiroren said that all clubs accepted federation's proposal.

This year's league games is scheduled to start on September 9 after a one-month delay, a decision made by Turkish Football Federation due to a match-fixing investigation carried out by Turkish prosecutors. Scores, including club officials, have been arrested as part of the probe launched in July.

"Playoff system was a decision already made by the federation and clubs adopted it," Yildirim Demiroren said. "As Turkish clubs, we asked federation officials to test the system this season. We asked federation to abolish the system next year if something goes wrong."

Demiroren said the playoff system would be implemented in order to revive Turkish football. He said: "More number of matches to be played in total would help us revitalize Turkish football."

Demiroren also said that Galatasaray had reservation on the new system, however he added: "All club have adopted this system."

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