Our most fervent reader from Turkey, Kerem Oktemus, sent us a story today that is close to unbelievable. At least I’ve never heard anything like this before.
Karasiyaka, the team from Izmir in Turkey recently received some shocking news. They learned that one of their recent players, Alpay Oztas, had sued the club for the team’s reluctance to pay the player his unpaid salaries over the years. As the amount grew every year due to certain laws, the problem became bigger but the club insisted on ignoring it, waiting for the player to give up.
However, Oztas decided to take the matter into the hands of the law and officially sued the club for the money they owed him and the results were amazingly interesting, if not bizarre. The court decided to give Oztas the rights to the team’s official website and domain name, along with products bearing the club’s official logo from which they profited from over the years, due to their large fan base.
Now, the club is in a weird situation, since even though they will be participating in the league this year, with intentions to qualify for the playoffs, they are now in a dilemma. They’re down in economic terms, at the same time they don’t have a full roster of twelve. They will probably look to their young upcoming players as last resort, paying them minimally for this season; if they can’t find a much bigger support from other sponsors, that is.