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Fener meeting tense as Yyldyrym argues with board member.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Fenerbahce had a tense meeting over the weekend as the club's chairman Aziz Yyldyrym argued with Fenerbahce Club Supreme Council President YE-ksel GE-nay over the institutionalization of the club.

During the meeting held at Fenerbahce Faruk Ilgaz Tesisleri, Fenerbahce officials made a presentation about a new financial management system that includes the hiring of a CEO to manage financial activities in addition to club executives in managerial positions. GE-nay said no one, including him and other board members, was previously informed about the new system and said such authority over the club's finances cannot be transferred to an individual or institution according to the regulations governing the Fenerbahce sports club.

He criticized Yyldyrym for bringing a CEO into the club and added that the hiring of a CEO indicates that financial activities were previously improperly handled. Chairman Yyldyrym responded to the criticism, saying GE-nay did not understand the issue correctly. He explained that the financial activities of the club were carried out in an amateurish manner before. "As Aziz Yyldyrym, I want to know where every single lira goes. We are late in running such a system but today we have to do it," he said and added: "We are friends. The tone of your speech hurts me."

GE-nay continued his criticism and said the institutionalization will put a TL 150,000 burden on the club every month. "I very much love Mr. Chairman, but it doesn't stop me from sharing my opinion," he said. GE-nay emphasized that he is not against institutionalization, but noted that the current members of the club can do the job well without the need for a CEO.

Yyldyrym took the podium and said that institutionalization is required for the future of Fenerbahce, which, he argued, had been managed like a grocery store before.

He went on to say: "We pay TL 5 million every year for gas, water and electricity. And almost TL 5 million we pay for rent. Everybody assumes that this is easy. Fenerbahce paid TL 75 million in tax in 2012. Let the professionals come and manage these matters. Let Fenerbahce become a giant."

"I love Fenerbahce more than my life," Yyldyrym said.

The Fener chairman was kept behind bars pending trial for a year between the summers of 2011 and 2012 due to his implication in a massive match-fixing investigation. He was sentenced to six years, three months for creating and managing a criminal organization and for rigging several football matches. He will be back in jail should the court decision be upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeals.

It was also stated during the meeting that Fenerbahce's debt amounts to TL 141,558,283.

Meanwhile, Galatasaray was also shaken with an inter-club argument between Chairman E[pounds sterling]nal Aysal and the football team's coach, Fatih Terim. In his remarks, Aysal defined Terim as an "employee" of Galatasaray, downgrading his position in the club. Terim was apparently offended by Aysal's words and, speaking after a lost league game against KasympaE-a on Friday, said he would continue to serve Galatasaray as its football team's coach, board member and employee.

During a board meeting over the weekend, all eyes were on Aysal and Terim. When the duo met in the hall, they hugged each other, a gesture that received praise from other board members. Terim and another 164 Galatasaray members were presented a license to become a board member in the club for completing 25 years as club members. (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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