Friday, March 28, 2008

Uhh, this story is going to continue to get worse

Well, the story we covered three days ago about three Turkish football coaches who were gunned down at their stadium? The head coach Sedat Gezer and Goalkeeping coach Ismail Kurt were killed in the attack, while the manager, Engin Ozarslan was seriously wounded?

Well, it turns out that the authorities are thinking it was a mob hit.

This story won't be going away for a while, what with all the allegations of match-fixing and bribery going around the Turkish and various neighbouring leagues.

From Today's Zaman:

"Reports also indicated that the attack was organized and the assailants had been professionals. The assailants arrived at the club building in a minibus and stormed the office of coach Gezer (54) where they fatally shot him and Kurt (43). The attackers fled the scene immediately, shooting Özarslan on their way out.

Thirty-six empty bullet shells were found at the crime scene and the police have not ruled out the possibility of mob involvement."

This is a deeply troubling development, and one that FIFA should keep an eye on. After all, the level of mafia and mob involvement in soccer worldwide is a massive concern [especially in South East Asia, where the gambling rings rack up billions of dollars in profits], and if these suspicions are confirmed, football's governing body is going to have to look long and hard at possible ways to safeguard the game, if that's even possible.

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