May 27, 2016

Fenerbahçe chairman says Galatasaray won 2000 UEFA Cup 'with Gülen's prayers'

Fenerbahçe chairman Aziz Yıldırım has claimed that U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen was behind Galatasaray’s UEFA Cup win in 2000.

“It is rumored that Gülen made Galatasaray champion by praying in 2000. We as Fenerbahçe do not have such a thing, but today we are a club that has played in three semi-finals in Europe,” Yıldırım told reporters after Fenerbahçe’s defeat to its archrival in the Ziraat Turkish Cup final late on May 26.

Excerpt from the news article published on Hurriyet Daily News, 27 May 2016, Friday