MESSAGE ON THE OPENING OF 2018-2019 SPOR TOTO SUPER LEAGUE LEFTER KUCUKANDONYADIS SEASON AND SPORT TOTO 1ST LEAGUE SEASON, FROM DR. MEHMET MUHARREM KA8/9/2018
“I wish that 2018-2019 Spor Toto Super League Lefter Kucukkandonyadis Season and Spor Toto 1st League that will kick off this weekend will bring good luck for entire sports community and sports fans. My greatest wish for the new season is that it will be a season during which we will all focus on the games only, rather than violence and turmoil in the grandstands.
I sincerely believe that the 2018-2019 season will be a friendly, respectful and tolerant one, in a way worthy of the name of the late Lefter Kucukkandonyadis who was one of the legends of our country’s football, and gave his name to the Spor Toto Super League.
I would like to take this opportunity on the occasion of the opening of the new season, to mention once again that our paramount objective is to put an end to the violence and bad language in the games in the new season. Beyond the precautions we will take to that end, all stakeholders of the sports, from the club administrations to fans to athletes to the technical team, will need to do their bits on this matter. This will further increase the brand value of the Spor Toto Super League, which is among the major leagues in Europe. Therefore, it is our paramount wish to have a challenging and exciting season within the framework of compassion, respect, friendship and fair play.
This season, we are also taking a historical step in favour of the future of Turkish football. Thanks to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, which will be in use in the Super League, I think that we will minimize the controversial positions that nearly lead to a rumpus, while we make the job easier for our referees. I would like to take this opportunity to mention that VAR system is not a decision mechanism, but an assisting means in support of our referees in the decision making process. It should be noted that the final decision is always made by the referee. And again, it should also be remembered that what really matters is the human; technology comes later.
So, I wish all our teams that will compete particularly in Spor Toto Super League and Spor Toto 1st League all the best.”
Dr. Mehmet Muharrem KASAPOGLU
Minister of Youth and Sports