Military attempted coup – Turkish football under threat?

Turkish military block access to the Bosphorus bridge, which links the city's European and Asian sides, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Could Turkish football be under threat following an attempted coup d’etat in the country.

The federation announced via it website that the 2016-2017 Super League Season’s fixture will be drawn on 18 July 2016, Monday at 15:00 EEST in TFF’s HQ, Beykoz, Riva.

The draw will be broadcasted by Lig Tv, the national broadcaster of Spor Toto Super League.

But as it stands, it is uncertain whether the draw will still go on as planned as the country is currently unrest.

A military group in Turkey has claimed they have taken control of the country after closing bridges in Istanbul and reports of gunfire in Ankara.

Traffic has been stopped from crossing the Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges in the country’s most populous city, while aircrafts are flying low over the capital.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim denounced the action by stating it was illegal – stressing it wasn’t a coup – but the Turkish military claims it has overthrown President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

“The power in the country has been seized in its entirety,” read a statement on NTV television, but who represents the group remains uncertain.

All flights from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport have been cancelled, while reports suggest Turkey’s top general has been taken hostage at the military headquarters.

The Turkish Super League 2016-2017 Season is scheduled to start on 19 August 2016. First half of the league will conclude on 24 December 2016 and second half will begin on 7 January 2017 and end on 21 May 2017.

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