Galtasaray was recently eliminated from the Turkish League’s semifinals in a 3-2 loss to VakifBank. The game was shrouded in controversy, as Galatasaray publicly insulted league officials due to a missed call at the end of the game (video can be seen below) on its public twitter profile. The team feels that it was cheated out of a Finals berth in the Championship due to many referring errors.
The Turkish Volleyball Federation met the accusations with vehement opposition, and stated in its official website that it will sanction the team after further examination in the case (The Turkish Referees Association soon followed):
After the playoff match that included VakifBank and Galatasaray Women’s Volleyball Teams, the latter’s coach Ataman Guneyligil and Sports Director Şükrü Yengil made unfair and unfounded declarations about the competence of the Turkish Volleyball Federation and its referees. It was met with sorrow.
It is not possible to accept attacks towards the competitors and representatives of the federation in a sporting competition. The Federation is sensitive to equality and fairness. These actions will be examined by the Authorized Boards of the Federation and the sanctions required by the legislation will be carried out.
Galatasaray is a very traditional Multi-Sports Turkish club, but has never won a female volleyball domestic title under the new league format. The last time the club won a national tournament was in 1966.
4.set skor 24-24 verilmeyen sayımız! Hakem net görüyor ve kendi challenge hakkını bile kullanmıyor! @TVForgtr pic.twitter.com/8ThQMGsLE2
— Galatasaray Voleybol (@gsvoleybol) March 27, 2018